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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 11

ABCs of Christmas (J) – Luke 2:10, 11

Do you have joy? What is its source?

The “J” of Christmas is Joy. No other word quite describes the emotional feelings of the Christmas season. Joy, like so many other things that God has given, can be distorted. Real joy is not the result of physical things, but it is a gift from God.

An angel appeared to the shepherds to tell them about the birth of the Savior. Their first reaction was fear, but the angel said, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10, 11).

The shepherds went to Bethlehem, and when they saw the Lord they were filled with joy. About thirty years later, as the Lord Jesus began His ministry, He said, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). The Lord’s plan for you is that you have joy in your heart.

Some time after the Lord gave Himself as a sacrifice to pay for the sins of all who will trust in Him, the Apostle John wrote, “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (I John 1:4, 5).

Isaac Watts experienced joy from the Lord, and he wrote:

Joy to the world! the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

Listen to the message given to the shepherds: “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10, 11). The Lord came to give you joy. Trust Him and experience great joy this Christmas season.