Have you ever experienced a joy robber? You know, one of those people who tend to suck the joy out of every situation? We’ve all met them. You love them dearly, but it seems like they can never find the good in anything. Maybe you know one, or perhaps you are one. Well, either way, I have good news of great joy that will be for ALL people! I have found the cure for joy robbers everywhere.
In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
Immanuel, God with us. Jesus is the cure. The great joy is the birth of our Savior and the fact that he came for us all. He came for Jew and Gentile, the religious elite and the sinner. He came for you, and He came for me. He came for the wise men and the shepherds, even for the ones who nailed Him to the cross. God met us here on Earth in the form of a man to experience life with us, to go through what we go through, and to overcome sin and death in our place.
John 3:16, For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
When we begin to understand the love of God and the magnitude of what He’s done for us, we cannot help but be full of the joy the angels spoke about. Jesus came and died because of the love God has for us. That should give us joy unspeakable. I understand that sometimes life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies, but there is always a joy to find when our hope is in Christ. God loves us, and He is for us, and that should bring us joy. May you rediscover the joy of following Christ this Christmas and allow Him to overfill you with peace, love, and joy unspeakable to impact those around you.