Most of the news we hear on the TV, radio, and internet is generally in the category of bad news. We are saturated with bad news in every area of life. Yet there was a night long ago that a group of shepherds gathered together on a Judean hillside received the best news ever. Luke 2 records the event in verses 8-11: “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”.
They received good news that would bring them great joy. The good news of course is that Jesus, the Son of God was born. He is the Savior that came to save people from their sins. Have you thought of the significance of that great joy? When we receive Christ as our Savior that experience brings us great joy. The first great joy is that our sins are forgiven when we trust Christ. We no longer have to carry the heavy weight of our wrongdoings. We are washed clean and forgiven of every sin. What great joy! Another great joy is that we are promised a home in heaven. Those who have come into God’s family by faith will one day enter the Father’s House as Jesus promised in John 14. We also experience the great joy of the continual presence of Jesus. He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. We have the great joy of the indwelling Holy Spirit, the precious inspired scriptures, the sweet fellowship in the family of God and the knowledge that God has a purpose for our life. What great joy God has given to His people.
Do you have that joy? During this Christmas season don’t settle for “merry” embrace the great joy.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation