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Joy to the world, the Lord has come

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POSTED: January 1, 2008 5:02 a.m.
This is the time of the year that the anticipation of joy is going out all over the world.
Christmas cheer and smiles are everywhere and people are rushing to buy gifts as they prepare for the Christmas season. You can feel that special “something” in the air. There is a feeling in the air that something good is about to happen.
These feelings of joy and goodwill put you in the spirit of giving and receiving. Everywhere you go, you can hear the singing of beautiful songs about joy, peace, and love.
The joy in the air is taking our spirits to a higher level and we have the feeling that all is well in the world. As we feel this joy, we are at peace with all men and kindness is expressed by all. This is the joy that makes us happy and the Bible calls it unspeakable joy in Luke 2:8-20.
Luke 2:8-20 (New International Version) The Shepherds and the Angels (8) And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. (9) An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. (10) But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. (11) Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. (12) This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (13) Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, (14) “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”  (15) When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Just as the shepherds sought out the Christ Child, we also must seek out Jesus, the Prince of Peace. This is the joy that the shepherds experienced as they received the news from the angels about the Savior’s coming to the world.
We must seek Jesus until we find the joy that is unspeakable and full of His Glory.
May you and your family have a Merry Christmas this Christmas Season!
 

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