Thursday, December 15, 2011
Joy to the World the Savior Reigns!
3:26 pm est
By John S Picarello
For many people Christmas time is a "magical" time of
year, a season of hope where dreams can come true. It's a festive season of bright lights and music. At Christmas time there
is such a spirit of giving, and spending time with family and friends, a time of feasting and singing happy songs together.
A time for being joyful and thankful for good things, and a time to be loving and generous and kind to all!
Isn't interesting how so many people who don't know Christ personally can feel this way every year at
Christmas time? While enthusiastically singing Isaac Watts song "Joy to the World" they are actually proclaiming
the gospel of Jesus Christ! Imagine that, the answer to all of humanities ills come flowing from their lips each year, many
never realize that those words explain God's gift to them.
For those of us who embrace Christ and have placed
our heartfelt trust in Him for our salvation, the "magic" of Christmas is actually our reality all year long! In
the gospels Jesus says that He gives us His life and peace, He answers prayer so our joy would be full, He fills us with
God's love, and, He came to give us abundant life! This was so amazing to Peter that he wrote in 1 Peter 1:8 "believing,
you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."
So this Christmas season read the words of "Joy
to the World" and sing them to God with new understanding and appreciation for what He has given us. Remember, while
others wait all year for the "Magic" of Christmas, we have the reality of it every day of our lives... Sing it
with all your heart, "Joy to the World the Lord has come!