Tuesday, Dec. 13 – Brent Sears

13 Dec

Week 3: Joy
Today’s Scripture:
Isaiah 52:7-10
Romans 6:15-23

Joy to the world! The Lord is come.

I remember hearing these words belted loudly in our little country church growing up. These words would rattle the colorful stained glass windows of our little sanctuary. Joy to the world! The Lord is come, echoing ever so clearly off the high ceilings that where over 100 years old. This chorus was loudly proclaiming to our world that a joy had entered it and that joy was that the Lord has come.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come.

As I reflect on that phrase we know that Christmas stands for the birth of Christ. Advent is a time to reflect on and prepare for the celebration of one’s birth. The prophet Isaiah says it this way, How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” I’m no father yet, but I can only imagine that as a father hears that he will soon be a dad the anticipation of being that father must bring some excitement followed by preparation. Finally, as that little baby enters into this world, I can only imagine what joy floods the heart of that father. This verse is announcing that a joy, a savior is coming, prepare the way. This joy will bring salvation to all who answer.

When I was lacking my joy spiritually it was a result of being enslaved to the pleasures of my own self-want and need. Sure I was a good person and did what my parents asked of me to do, most of the time. I was just missing the connection to God who had come in the person of Christ to swallow up my spiritual death once and for all so that my joy could be made complete in Him.

This joy really made sense to me while I was sitting in a mall parking lot one afternoon. After the girl I loved or at least thought I loved had just dumped me and pretty much wrote me off. I was alone and lost. No direction for life and no clue how to cope and move beyond this hurt and pain I was feeling. It was a death that I never knew before a death of my spiritual being, because I had become what I had worshiped for the previous year and it left me and all I had was nothing. Then like a song bursting forth in my little country church, I heard the Lord call for me to follow Him. Joy to the World! The Lord is come. Jesus is our salvation and God made Himself available to us through Christ. Joy to the World, peace, good tidings, salvation has busted forth and we can now live in freedom and no longer to the slavery of our self.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come.

-BS

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