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”.
Luke 2:10 ESV
These angels brought a shocking promise, good news of great joy. At the end of they day everyone just wants to be happy. Coming together with other Christians provides a beautiful opportunity for us to take advantage of the spiritual atmosphere found there and for us to pursue our God given quest to be happy. Today’s promise that the Lord gave to the angels over 2000 years ago is still proving to be true. The church world today meets in many nations throughout the world. It’s when we come together for worship and the ministry of the Word that we find the dynamic of supernatural joy that the angels were stirred up about. Today, this joy is birthed in our hearts as we celebrate the coming of our Messiah Jesus. He has come and our world can never be the same. He has truly brought good news of great joy for all the people. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry about the joy of His birth.
“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 Savior, the Savior 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 Savior, and he will be a Savior to those only that accept him for their Lord. “The Savior 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.”
What I love about this promise is the fact that this joy is not only for all people, it is also specifically for me. Christ came to this world because of my need for true, lasting joy. Like the Shepherds from that field in Bethlehem, I just never thought the joy I was looking for would look like this.