Summary: Part 5 of our study of Joy- Christmas Day 2016
Joy to the World
A study of Philippians
“Joy in Jesus”
I am so glad to see each and every one of you here this morning
Over the last few weeks we have been studying joy as explained and described by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Church at Philippi
We took a hard look at how to find joy in our relationships
How to find joy in our service to God and others
How to find Joy in believing
How to find joy in Giving
Today we are going to look at the source of our Joy
As we celebrate his birth
But more than that as we celebrate his life
As we celebrate the “Lord’s supper “in remembrance of our King
Please open your bible to Philippians 4:4
“Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!”
Paul tells us to always be full of Joy
In spite of the circumstances
In spite of anything
In the Lord
He says in Philippians 3:8
Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ
Paul shows us here in his letter to the church at Philippi
The source of his Joy
The common theme throughout this series has been Joy
And Jesus has been the key to that joy in all the areas of our lives
In order to find joy in our relationships
We must know Jesus
In order to find joy in our service
We must know Jesus
In order to find joy in our belief
We must know the right Jesus
In order to find joy in our giving
We must know Jesus
So this morning it is my prayer to show you Jesus
All of Jesus
Not Just the baby in the manger
Not Just the man on the cross
But the whole package
I believe when we see Jesus in this way
Our Joy in Jesus will grow
And I believe the joy in our lives
In all areas of our lives
Will also grow
Please open your bibles to John 1:1-5
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,[a]
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
You see Jesus’ life did not begin in the manger
His existence did not begin in Bethlehem
But his life here on earth as a human
So the Word became human[d] and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.[e] And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
God came down to earth
You are all familiar with the Christmas story
I believe we can never tell it enough
Let me read the account of Jesus
God the Son’s birth
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.
6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
The Shepherds and Angels
8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,