Why Christmas Is So Joyous

Joy has always been part of the Christmas season—and for good reason! The first announcement of the birth of Christ came with joy when the angel said, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). Indeed, Christmas means: “Joy to the world the Lord is come…” Christmas is joyous but that is in keeping with the life Jesus promised: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy might be complete” (John 15:12). So Jesus means joy to the Christian!

C. S. Lewis in his classic allegorical work, The Chronicles of Narnia, describes the land of Narnia in this way, “It was always winter, never Christmas.” Life apart from Jesus is a life separated from joy—and the source of joy.

But life with Jesus brings joy on all levels of life. John Calvin wrote, “There is not a blade of grass or a star in the heavens that is not placed there to give us joy.” Even so, the birth along with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is purposed by God to bring us joy. Consequently, it should be no surprise that Christmas is a joyful season.

One of my favorite Christmas stories is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. You will recall the scene where Ebenezer Scrooge is weeping tears of contrition over his own grave when he said to the Spirit of Christmas Future: “Is this the way things must be or the way things might be?” Scrooge received no answer but took silence to mean life still held hope. So he changed! He let the spirit of Christmas enter his heart. Then he began to give and give and give… His friends asked if he had lost his senses. Scrooge said, “I haven’t taken leave of my senses, I’ve come to them! I don’t deserve to be so happy…but I just can’t help it!”

The scene of a converted Mr. Scrooge is one of the happiest chapters in the history of literature. And that is what the Christ of Christmas bring us—joy!

Enjoy Christmas,

Pastor Ron

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