Advent 2017: JOY & Charlie Brown
Isaiah 9:6 states… “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
C.S. Lewis said, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”
JOY: Wikipedia -
- happiness, an emotion.
JOY: Webster -
- the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires
- the expression or exhibition of such emotion
- a state of happiness
- a source or cause of delight
Xara = Joy
Xaris = Grace
Xara literally means to rejoice in grace.
Psalm 98 Stanza 1 – Remembrance
1 Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2 The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. 3 He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Psalm 98 Stanza 2 - Celebrate
4 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; 5 make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, 6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King.
Psalm 98 Stanza 3 – Look Forward to the Future
7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; 9 let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.
What are we to do with this JOY message? Let’s follow the example of the Shepherds.
- They found Jesus. Find Jesus again.
- They spread the Word. Spread the Good News.
- They went back to work glorifying and praising God. Enough said!
The 12 Words of Christmas
- God Gave.
- Christ Came.
- Life Led.
- Cross Cleansed.
- Resurrection Raised.
- Joy Received!