We usually think of Luke 2 as the classic Christmas story. You may have memorized beginning of this chapter as a child or quoted it in a Christmas play.
Yesterday, I was reading during my kids history lesson and last chapter of the book is the coming of Jesus. The writer emphasized the joy that Jesus brought to the world. He brought light to a dark world needing a Savior.
When babies are born, we call them a “bundle of joy” and we comment about how much happiness and joy babies will bring the family. But the birth of Jesus brought a greater joy than any other baby and this joy was for all of us.
The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people. 11 For there is born to you today, in David’s city, a Savior, who is Christ* the Lord.Luke 2:10-11
The world had been waiting thousands of years for the arrival of the Savior. From the beginning of the Bible when Adam and Eve first sinned, God promised to send a Messiah, one who would be able to save us from our sin and restore us to a right relationship with God.
The birth of Jesus brings us great joy the Savior finally arrived. No more animal sacrifices, no more priests to intercede for us. We have direct access to God through Jesus.
The life and work of Jesus are what bring us joy. We have joy in knowing our sins are forgiven and we will have eternal life with Jesus. In John 14, Jesus promises that he is preparing a place for us in heaven and he will return for us.
Jesus gives us hope. A greater hope than money, mansions, careers and fame can give us.
Going back to Galatians 5 and the fruit of spirit, one of the fruit of the spirit is joy. We can have joy today because our Savior came who was Jesus Christ the Lord. Jesus was God and he came to pay our debt so we could be free and have joy every day.