GOOD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY
JESUS IS BORN!
“The angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
JESUS PAID THE PRICE FOR SIN!
“Thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). “Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross” (Hebrews 12:2).
JESUS IS RISEN!
“Ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead…. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy” (Matthew 28:5-8).
“Rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father” (John 14:28). “He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy” (Luke 24:51-52). “God … set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion” (Ephesians 1:17-21).
JESUS IS COMING AGAIN!
“What is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?” (1 Thessalonians 2:19). “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout … and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
NO JOY WITHOUT JESUS!
If you do not know Jesus, you cannot have true peace and joy—either in this life, or in the life to come. When He returns, you will be left behind and the door to Heaven will be shut forever (Matthew 25:10-13). Instead of great joy, you will experience “weeping and gnashing of teeth” in an eternal Hell where “the fire is not quenched” (Luke 13:25-28; Mark 9:43-48).
JESUS GIVES GREAT JOY!
Do you want to have great joy? God’s word promises eternal joy in Heaven if you, as a guilty sinner, will put your faith and trust in Jesus as your Savior (Revelation 21:1-4; John 3:16). Jesus will forgive your sins and clothe you in His righteousness, preparing you for God’s presence. “In Thy presence is fulness of joy” (Psalm 16:11).
God also promises joy in this life for the believer who follows Jesus, allowing Him to be the Lord of their attitudes and actions. “These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11).
Call out to Jesus today. Ask Him to forgive your sins, and trust Him as your Savior. Submit your life to His leading, follow His will, and you will know great joy both now and forever!
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