Summary: Jesus is the reason for the season and the whole reason we can be joyful.
Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
This is definitely the time of year to celebrate and remember the birth of our Lord and Savior. If you read the Gospel accounts of the 3 wise men you will see that they traveled a very long distance to get to their final destination, possibly 1-2 years. Can you imagine taking a 2 year trip to get somewhere? Most people would be so wore out they wouldn’t want to do anything after that, however they evidently didn’t stay long and left shortly after they arrived. God’s Word says they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. This was a tremendous moment for them, it was the whole purpose of their trip, to find the savior of the world. Many Christians won’t hazard a trip across town to go to church much less travel 2 years one way to worship the Christ. This was a moment they had been looking forward to for a very long time, not only them, but all that knew God’s promise for the savior and redeemer of all mankind. This truly is a time for great joy.
The Gospel of Luke says this …
Luke 2:6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8. Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10. Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11. "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12. "And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.’’ 13. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!’’ 15. So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.’’ 16. And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
17. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
There is a very good reason for great joy. There is reason to be joyful, for there is hope. The Angle of the Lord said I bring you tidings of great joy, which will be to all people.
Then with the angle there was a multitude of Heavenly Hosts singing, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men! This was the heart of the Father saying peace on Earth and toward men goodwill. The Goodwill was coming from God to men. This was something the prophets talked about. This was something men yearned for.
Once again men would have the opportunity to be restored to right relationship with God.
Since the sin of Adam man had lost his rightstanding with God.
2 Corinthians 5:19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
This was the whole reason He came this is the reason we can have great joy, we have been reconciled to God the Father through Christ Jesus. He sent Jesus to bring us back to Him.
He came to give us His life in place of our death, His peace for our turmoil. He also came to make us into something we were not, that is new creatures in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
This is one of my favorite Scriptures because it clearly shows what Christianity really is.
It is not something that we can earn; it is something that we become in Christ Jesus when we acknowledge His Lordship.
We as Christians need to take stock of what we have to be grateful for. More than we can even imagine. Life eternal, freedom in Christ, and no longer under the dominion of Satan but under the Lordship of the King of all Kings.