But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”
There is something in the heart of humans that is constantly looking for this thing called joy. Humans have a bad habit of looking for it in all the wrong places. If we could be logical for a moment, do you believe in a Creator? Do you believe He created all things (including joy)? If so, then maybe the place to start our search is with Him. The natural man thinks that spiritual things are really the antithesis of joy. In actuality, God is the fountain of all joy. As David said, ‘All my springs of joy are in you’. God is the author and the source of joy, no wonder the Angels had good news, they had spent their entire lives in that place of joy. Here is how Martin Luther describes the angel’s message of joy.
“The angel here is making an announcement. He doesn’t say, “I would like to preach to you,” but simply “I bring you good news.” In other words, he is saying, “I am an evangelist; my words are the gospel.” So the gospel is a good, joyful message, which will become the main message of the New Testament. What is the gospel? Listen to the angel. He says, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” The gospel speaks of a great joy. Where do we find it? Listen again: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” How can our hearts have a greater joy than knowing that Christ has been given to us to be our own? The angel doesn’t merely say, “Christ has been born,” but also indicates that his birth is for us by saying, “Christ has been born to you.”
Have you ever tasted this special heavenly joy? The Christmas season is the embodiment of it, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come”. So hopefully today you and your family will taste this heavenly joy. Just as the famous Christmas song declares, “Have yourself a merry little Christmas!”. Merry Christmas ya’ll.