Summary: Regardless of your circumstances, if you have Jesus Christ who is the joy of Christmas then everything will be alright.
Sunday Morning, December 19th, 2004
Let us pray
My family and I want to wish all of you a very blessed Christmas, and trust you all will
have the joy of Christmas, and a wonderful New Year.
In six more days it will be Christmas day, and by now you all should have finished your
Christmas shopping. Do you re-mem-ber as a child how Christmas would take so long to
come? but as you get older and older, Christmas comes around so quickly, and we say to
ourselves, my how time flies.
On the first Sunday of Advent which was on November 28th we used as our Topic, The
Eternal Word, and we said the Word was in the beginning; the Word was made flesh,
and the Word dwelt among man, and Jesus Christ is the Eternal Word. On the second
Sunday of Advent which was December 5th, we took a detour, and used as our topic,
Whose report will you believe? and we were encouraged to believe God’s report. Last
Sunday which was the third Sunday of Advent our topic was The Gift of Christmas, and
we concluded that Jesus is the Gift of Christmas.
Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent and our topic today will be, The Joy of Christmas.
Please turn with me to page 5 of your bulletines or in your bibles to Luke 2 verses 8
through 14, and let’s all stand and read together. Please tell someone, joy can be yours.
Today we are planning to have a Christmas Celebration Dinner and Re-cog-ni-tion in
our Fellowship Hall. Maybe you are excited about this; maybe you are happy, but after
the celebration will you still have joy? The word happiness and the word joy are both
nouns, and many times are used in the same way, but I believe there is a difference. I
believe happiness is based upon circumstances, but you can have joy despite the
circumstances. If I had a $1,000, and gave it to you, it is quite possible you would be
happy, but after you have spent that $1,000 on your Christmas shopping, would you still
have joy? If you have Christ, then you have joy, because Jesus Christ is the joy of
As a young boy growing up in Jamaica, we were not allowed to read comic books,
because we were told it was wrong to do. I am not quite sure about reading cartoons, that
might have been alright. Most of you I am sure have heard about Charlie Brown and his
freind Linus. I would like to quote an article that I read on Charlie Brown. "Charlie
Brown’s Christmas had gotten off to a bad start. He’d been told to pick out the best
Christmas tree he could find. Instead he managed to find the scrawniest tree imaginable.
His friends were furious and left him standing alone with his pathetic little tree. While
standing there he asked, "Isn’t there anybody who can tell me the true meaning of
At that moment his friend Linus said, "I’ll tell you the meaning of Christmas, Charlie
Brwon." And with that Linus began reciting from Luke 2 where the angel says to the
shepherds, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy..."
This is good news for you, good news for me, good news for all people regardless of our
circumstances! No matter how scrawny our tree, no matter what has been happening in
our lives, in spite of that empty place, that incurable disease, that broken re-la-tion-ship,
here’s the good news: Jesus Christ the Savior, has been born! The Lord of heaven and
earth has come into our lives, our misery, and our suffering to offer hope. God offers the
hope of forgiveness and a blessed new beginning because of Jesus’ presence.
On this fourth Sunday of Advent don’t focus on what’s meager or what you think isn’t
good enough in life; listen closely to the Savior who wants to be in your life.
I do trust that you have learned that you can’t please every-body, and that you can’t make
every-body happy, but if you have God in your life, you can have joy. Maybe there are
certain things you don’t have, not much money; no fancy car, no designer clothes, but you
can still have joy. Maybe over the past few weeks you might have received some bad
news, but even in this, you can still have joy. Your joy is not dependent upon your
circumstances, because if you have the joy of Christmas, Jesus Christ, then you are
alright. In James 1 verses 2 and 3 we read these words, My brethren, count it all joy
when ye fall into divers temptations. Knowing this that the trying of your faith