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 their selfish desires,
individual freedom, insatiable greed, and intellectual pride.
B. In contrast to Herod, the wise men received Jesus as a king.
1. Who were these wise men?
--advisors both good and bad
a. Daniel and the three
b. Those who dabbled in sorcery and other things
2. Where did they come from ?
3. How many were there?
4. Were they at the manger when Christ was born?
5. What made them special?
--Gentiles who believed and worshipped
C. If you receive Christ as King of your life, He brings a spiritual joy that you cannot find any place else.
1. Just as your body craves food and exercise or it will become weak and frail.
2. So your inner spirit craves a relationship with God and if not nurtured will cause the soul to become
famished and restless.
--It’s been said that there is a God-shaped hole in each of our lives
3. There’s a Christmas card that says:
If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent an educator. If our greatest need had
been technology, God would have sent a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would
have sent an economist. If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent an entertainer.
But our greatest need was forgiveness, so he sent us a Savior."
II. The second stanza teaches: THERE IS JOY WHEN THE SAVIOR REIGNS
--"Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; while fields and floods, rocks, hills and
plains, repeat the sounding Joy."
A. There is a difference between receiving Christ and allowing Christ to rein.
1. Jesus encountered a number of people who wanted to receive Him but did not exactly want Him to
reign over them.
2. There are people today who want to receive all the good things Christ offers, but they really don’t
want to let him reign over their business ethics, New Year’s Entertainment, or the language they use
under pressure or their public image.
3. A fairly recent poll by the Barna Research Group in America found that only 37% of adults thought