As we enter the third week of the advent season, we turn our focus to the word: Joy. Often misunderstood as mere happiness, joy goes beyond surface-level emotions. It can be found even in the midst of difficult and challenging times, particularly for those who have experienced spiritual rebirth. The holiday season stirs up a variety of emotions within us. While some may feel excitement and happiness, relishing in precious moments with loved ones, others may face numerous obstacles. It can serve as a reminder of those who are no longer present, intensifying the sense of their absence. Today, we ‘ll explore the theme of joy, delving into its true meaning and the elements that surround it. Join us as Reverend Julio dive into Luke 2:4-14, to uncover the essence of joy.
Where Does Your Joy Come From?
The Passage: Luke 2:4-14
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,[a] who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.[b]
The Shepherds and the Angels
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and 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 among those with whom he is pleased!”[c]
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