Summary: Our final message in our Christmas joy series concludes with our understanding that the birth of Christ was the beginning of joy, the completion of it was performed on Calvary for our sins.
Joy Series, Part 4
“Joy to the World”
- Recap of last 3 week’s messages:
- 1. What steals joy the fastest? The afflictions others bring upon us (gossip)
- We all face accusations and rumors; esp. as you do the work of the Lord
-- Don’t let the devil turn your focus from the One who commands your loyalty
- Remember that even in that, God desires our worship and our focus to be on Him
- The juicier the gossip is … the less likely it is to be true
- 2. How do I get joy?
- Jesus’ teaching in John 15:11, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you”
- We were taught these things that we might have HIS joy within us …
3. A Joyous Prediction
- His plan was always to restore the relationship with His creation. How?
- Through the literal crushing of His Son for the debt of sin we owe
- The debt is sin something you will NEVER be able to pay for; it is too expensive
- The debt of sin cost Jesus His life; and in turn costs you yours without Jesus
- Open your bibles to Luke 2
- This morning, we conclude our series on joy with the ultimate gift
- The gift God has given us is Jesus, and today we celebrate His birth
- The birth of a baby brings joy; but this baby was born to die; it is our focus
- This is the revelation of the joy God has given us; we must never lose focus
Point 1 – A Joyous Announcement (Luke 2:1-21)
- If you’ve read the Christmas story you are most familiar with this passage
- What we are going to is just walk through this text and set the stage for later
- We understand that Caesar decreed a census to be taken of the Roman world
- This decree is what brought Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, the town of David
-- Genesis 49:10, “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.”
-- Micah 5:2, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
- Last year we went through this prophecy at length and so I won’t reproach it
- It is available online if you missed it and wish to understand its meaning
- So, while they are there we see a glorious birth announcement to all
- But this birth was not just announced in the Montgomery Advertiser
- It was not just a blurp on the news; the entire HEAVENS rejoiced … LOUDLY
- Read Luke 2:13-14 … it drove these men (shepherds) to GO and SEE
- What drives us to go and see? What makes us leave the couch and GO out?
-- A movie preview? A concert announcement? A big sale? A street sign?
- Put yourself in this position – there are no outside distractions; no “noise”
-- These men are simply tending their sheep and they are MOVED to GO