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Joy to the World!


Sermon shared by Michael Luke

December 2004
Summary: Christmas is about the joy found in Christ
Audience: General adults
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and fluctuates according to

2. But genuine joy overrides circumstances.
--Joy is an inner sense of well-being that abides when circumstances are

E. Almost 300 years ago Isaac Watts wrote the hymn titled, "Joy to the World."
1. Although it has only a veiled reference to the birth of Jesus ("The Lord is come; let
earth receive her king"), it is considered a Christmas carol.

2. But, actually, it was inspired by Psalm 98.
--Ps. 98:1-9 – “Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The LORD has
made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. He has
remembered his love and his faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of
the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Shout for joy to the LORD , all the
earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the
harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the
ram’s horn- shout for joy before the LORD , the King. Let the sea resound, and
everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands,
Let the mountains sing together for joy; let them sing before the LORD , for he
comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the
peoples with equity.”

3. So lets take a look at the song "Joy to the World" by stanzas and review the
reminders about what still brings genuine joy to life today.

I. The first stanza teaches: THERE IS JOY WHEN THE KING IS RECEIVED
--"Joy to the world! The Lord is come! Let earth receive her king; let every heart prepare Him room, and
heaven and nature sing."
A. Not everyone was joyful when Jesus was born.
--King Herod was not happy.
1. He learned first about the birth of Jesus from the magi, a group of foreign astronomers who came to
his palace searching for a new world ruler.

2. Herod was troubled. He was paranoid, so much so that he had already murdered three of his own sons.
He was not going to tolerate a rival king even if he was an infant.

3. There are still many who reject Jesus as king because they see Him as a threat to
Comments and Shared Ideas
William Cain
November 20, 2007
that just about says it all, unfortunately we professionals in the church do little but add to the pressures of our people, all in the name of being relevant. I'm done ranting...Happy Holy days

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