‘Tis hard to look at this world and see joy at times. There is so much going on, near us and far away. It just looks so terrible. Yet, God sent Jesus to us and for us. He sent Joy to live in our hearts. He wants us to be joyful. As empty vessels, He can fill us with the Presence of His Holy Spirit. Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love want to fill us up to overflowing so that we can be the joy in this world…the peace in this world…the hope and the love in this world. He wants us to spread the good tidings of great joy everywhere we go and are. May this be our prayer.
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.” Luke 2:10
- to bring good news, to announce glad tidings (used in the OT of any kind of good news)
- of the joyful tidings of God’s kindness, in particular, of the Messianic blessings (in the NT used especially of the glad tidings of the coming kingdom of God, and of the salvation to be obtained in it through Christ, and of what relates to this salvation)
- glad tidings are brought to one, one has glad tidings proclaimed to him
- to proclaim glad tidings
- instruct (men) concerning the things that pertain to Christian salvation
This world so needs the joy of the LORD…
The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD,
and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 29:18
They lift up their voices, they sing for joy;
over the majesty of the LORD they shout from the west. Isaiah 24:14
…yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:18
“…And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b
He has come…
And she gave birth to her firstborn Son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:7-15
from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Luke 2: “He furnishes them with abundant matter for joy: “Behold, I evangelize to you great joy; I solemnly declare it, and you have reason to bid it welcome, for it shall bring joy to all people, and not to the people of the Jews only; that unto you is born this day, at this time, a Saviour, the Saviour that has been so long expected, which is Christ the Lord, in the city of David,’ …. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed; He is the Lord, Lord of all; He is a sovereign prince; nay, He is God, for the Lord, in the Old Testament, answers to Jehovah. He is a Saviour, and He will be a Saviour to those only that accept Him for their Lord. “The Saviour is born, He is born this day; and, since it is matter of great joy to all people, it is not to be kept secret, you may proclaim it, may tell it to whom you please. …. This is matter of joy indeed to all people, great joy. Long-looked for is come at last. Let heaven and earth rejoice before this Lord, for He cometh.
“The angels’ doxology to God, and congratulations of men, upon this solemn occasion. The message was no sooner delivered by one angel than suddenly there was with that angel a multitude of the heavenly hosts; sufficient, we may be sure, to make a chorus, that were heard by the shepherds, praising God; and certainly their song was not like that which no man could learn, for it was designed that we should all learn it. Let God have the honour of this work: Glory to God in the highest. God’s good-will to men, manifested in sending the Messiah, redounds very much to His praise; and angels in the highest heavens…. Other works of God are for His glory, but the redemption of the world is for His glory in the highest.
“Let men have the joy of it: On earth peace, good-will toward men. God’s good-will in sending the Messiah introduced peace in this lower world, slew the enmity that sin had raised between God and man, and resettled a peaceable correspondence. If God be at peace with us, all peace results from it: peace of conscience, peace with angels, peace between Jew and Gentile. Peace is here put for all good, all that good which flows to us from the incarnation of Christ. All the good we have, or hope, is owing to God’s good-will; and, if we have the comfort of it, He must have the glory of it. Nor must any peace, and good, be expected in a way inconsistent with the glory of God; therefore not in any way of sin, nor in any way but by a Mediator. Here was the peace proclaimed with great solemnity; whoever will, let them come and take the benefit of it.” *
Father, I come to You this day and sense Your very Presence in my life. You love me. You have sent Your One and Only Son, Jesus, to save me from my sins, to draw me near and grow me to be more and more as Jesus, into the image of Your Son. I can only imagine the blessing that I can be through the obedience to You in my daily walk. I desire to bless You, Father. I desire to love You from the very depth of this heart that You created as it fills up with Your Love.
Thank You for bringing Your Joy to this Earth for our sake. You give me smiles and hope and peace and love. You have given me JOY deep in my heart.
I’ve got a joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart
Down in my heart, down in my heart…
I’ve got the love of JESUS down in my heart
Down in my heart, Down in my heart
I’ve got the love of JESUS down in my heart..
Down in my heart to stay…. **
Precious Heavenly Father, the joy I feel, as I sing these songs, takes the stress and strain away that this world carries. You know all and have complete control. Thank You for sending Your Son to bring us Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and much more. As I spend time in Your Word, at the foot of the manger, I know that this Joy is real. He cometh. Praise You…Praise You. Glory be to You, the Father, the Most High. In the Name of Jesus, I pray with Joy…Amen.
* Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Luke 2
** I’ve Got the Joy (also called: Down in My Heart), George W. Cooke, 1926
10 thoughts on “Jesus is Our Joy”
Matthew Henry is one of my favorite commentaries to study and I love that you included it here. 2 things really stood out to me… 1. That the angels evangelized to lead to joy and 2. their doxology was a chorus of praise. I love those words.. evangelize and doxology and I love seeing them in the context of the Christmas story and the precursor to joy.
Thanks for sharing this. I need to go read my commentary more. 🙂
Merry Merry Christmas.
Couldn’t we all use a little (or lot!) more joy? I love this! And you are correct… we hear little of Joy but there are so many Good News activities happening all around the globe that we never hear of! We had a speaker at church on Sunday share about some of what is happening in his ministry. He spends a lot of time in the Middle East and he said we will hear about 2 radical terrorist muslims all over the news, but we won’t hear of the millions coming to know Jesus as Lord every week! Joy is here… we simply must hunt it out from time to time!
Oh, thank you for sharing the Good News from the Middle East!!
You have filled my heart with a heaping spoonful of joy this am Linda. Merry Christmas to you! 🙂
The joy from which all other joys follow — and what a beautiful proclamation this is, Linda. Much joy to you as you celebrate this wondrous birth!
What powerful words from Matthew Henry! God bless you and give you the Merriest of Christmases!
Dear Linda, Again, I appreciate your digging deep into the Word for us! I loved how all of the meanings of the phrase “Good Tidings,” point us directly into the fullness of the Joy that came through Jesus’ Birth. And then, to end the post with that song from childhood–how true! We engage our full minds and let Him bring understanding, and then HE brings us back to the childlike trust that He has planted deep in our hearts! Oh, thank you for sharing these beautiful thoughts. May you be blessed with great Christmas Joy!
What a beautiful, joyful and JOY filled post! I love where your thoughts and prayers have taken you, Linda. Such inspiring Bible verses shared to encourage our world-weary hearts back to joy! These words reveal how joy is not meant to be hoarded but shared: “Hope, Joy, Peace, and Love want to fill us up to overflowing so that we can be the joy in this world.” Amen! Thank you so much for always pointing us back to JOY, back to our Lord Jesus Himself. God bless you, my friend! xo
This verse really stuck out to me, “The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD,
and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 29:18” How many of us are feeling that we need more of God? He promises to give us fresh joy, how exciting is that!
Have a wonderful Christmas!
“This world so needs the joy of the LORD…” I agree, Linda. And your corner of the blogging world always brings joy. Thank you for all you do to keep us rooted in who Jesus truly is. Merry Christmas to you!
This word has been following me around all week …”joy.” Thank you for sharing the image with the star above earth. His light, and His joy, is enough to encompass us all.