“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.'” Luke 2:10-12
Read the verses above carefully.
According to the angel, what effect is the Good News supposed to have?
Look real close. Don’t miss it. It would be a shame to miss the whole point of Christmas.
Sure. You know Jesus came as a baby. You know He was born of a virgin. You know He came in the line of David. You know about Nazareth and Bethlehem and no room in the Inn. You know He came for our sins. You know all of this.
But are you experiencing the effect of it all?
Do you know about Christmas but are missing the purpose of it?
Look at what the angel (of the Lord, by the way) said to the shepherds that first Christmas Eve: “I bring you good news. . . of great joy . . . that will be for all the people.” He came the way He did for an ultimate purpose. He came and did what He did for a reason. He came for your joy.
God’s intended effect of Christmas was and is joy for His people. God the Father aims for your heart to be full of joy. Constant, continuous, eternal, deep, abiding, and all-encompassing joy.
A Christian has this kind of joy because a Christian has a constant, continuous, eternal, deep, abiding, and all encompassing relationship with the Creator. A Christian is just like any other human: made for God and for a mission that is eternally massive and glorious. A Christian, however, understands how and why and where to have that longing fulfilled: A Savior has been born – He is Christ the Lord.
God sent Jesus for joy. If you are His, and belong to Jesus, there will never be a reason – never – not to be full of everlasting joy. Don’t miss the point, or the effect, of Christmas. He came the way He came, and did what He did . . . for our joy.
Joy to the world, the Lord has come.