In John 9 we meet a poor man, blind from his birth, who gets his eyes anointed by the Lord and is sent to wash at Siloam. He goes, he washes, he sees.
The moment he sees, the neighbors are intrigued. They speak of him as the one who “sat and begged,” for he now sits and begs no longer. “Others said, He is like him.” Such was the change that took place when his eyes were opened, that they could scarcely recognize him as the same person. He, more conscious of this change than any other, says, “I am he.”
But now they must know how all this has come about. It has created a stir among them, and for some cause or other, it has made them all feel uncomfortable. He is questioned, and, in a simple, artless manner, bears witness to what he knows: “A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went, and washed, and I received sight.”
Troubles now multiply. The case is referred to the Pharisees. Questioned by them, he has but one answer: “He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed and do see.” These were the facts. It was the truth. What else could he say?
It is strange that simple truth should cause so much trouble, especially a truth which ought to have made them all rejoice. But cause trouble it did, and so it does, and so it will do to the end. The Pharisees were divided, the Jews believed not, and so they all go to the parents of the man. Unbelief and self-righteousness will leave no stone unturned to prove that the truth is not the truth.
The parents can testify as to their son, and they do so unhesitatingly: “This is our son, and he was born blind.” However, they refuse to commit themselves further than this, “He is of age; ask him.” They deny knowing how and by whom their son had passed from darkness to light. “They feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that [Jesus] was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.”
No doubt they had at the first been more or less partakers of their son’s joy, for such remarkable joy must have carried others along with it, at least in measure. But the root of the matter was not in them, and now that the offense connected with the name of their son’s benefactor comes out on all sides—now that it is a question of losing their place in the synagogue—they cannot stand, they flinch, they are “offended in Him” (Matthew 13:57).
Not so with their son. A seat in the synagogue had not given him eyes, the Pharisees had never sent him to Siloam, and though one of the Jews, he only “sat and begged.” Now he was free, and it was Jesus who had set him free. Was he going to give up to them, though they come with such a pious saying as, “Give God the praise,” to cover a blasphemy? He could not; he is in the light. Jesus has put him there, and he will be true to what he has, even though it puts him in the same place as He whom they have agreed to reject. Come what may, he must testify to what he knows to be true, “Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” Again, “Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind.” The beggar has actually turned into a preacher. Oh, the blessedness and the moral grandeur of being true to what we know!
And now for the cost. They revile him; he is a heretic because he has gone from honoring Moses to glorifying Moses’ Lord. They close their ears to his unanswerable words, and finally “they cast him out.” They have done all that they can do.
Reader, do you know what all this means? Have you been brought to the light? I do not mean the light simply as to the question of your salvation, but of any and every matter of truth—the Church, the Holy Ghost, the coming again of the Lord, and any part of God’s revealed will? And have you been true to it? Have you been true to every ray of light which has reached your soul? Then, I venture to say you know what I am speaking about. You know what it is to have left behind father, mother, friends, religious connections, and religious position. You know what it is to be alone in this world. Once in your life you have been solitary indeed. You had not chosen it nor sought it, but there you found yourself. You had found blessing which your soul appreciated, but blessing is no company in itself. It meets the need but it does not satisfy the heart. Mere need must have something; the heart must have somebody.
Jesus finds the blessed man whom faithfulness had brought into this solitude, and He is going to take him out of it. “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?” is the question He puts to him. The man is ready to move forward, as are all who are true to the light they possess, and accordingly he replies, “Who is He, Lord, that I might believe on Him?” Jesus said, “Thou hast both seen Him and it is He that talketh with thee.”
This is enough! The Sun that gave him light has now become the center of the universe newly spread before his vision. What are father, mother, synagogue, and all the rest now? He has found a gain which sinks all his losses into insignificance. He has found Him who, for all eternity, as well as for all time, is enough to satisfy his heart. He falls at His feet; he worships Him. Henceforth to serve Him and care for His interests will be second in importance only to Christ Himself. To get the smile of His approval day by day in his conscience, and by-and-by the assurance of it from His own lips, is sweeter than life. He has found Him from whom every good thing radiates—the Lord Himself. He has not passed from one synagogue into another, perhaps a more godly one, or with more correct doctrine; he has not “changed his views,” nor found “a better religion”; no, he has lost all he had, and he has found all he wants, and ever will want—the Son of God, Christ HIMSELF!
Suppose there was no other person with Christ when he met Him? What would it matter? Is not Christ all by Himself enough? Is there need of a great company with Him? No, my soul delights to repeat it, He, and He only, is enough for such a one.
Suppose he had found ten thousand already gathered to the Son of God when he met Him. He would have been at once with them, but gathered to Christ Himself, not to these ten thousand. Suppose ten thousand more were gathered after him. It would make him happy indeed for their sakes, and for the honor of Him whom he loves, but tens of thousands cannot add to the delight of his soul in Christ’s company. Suppose troubles arise in the company. Suppose many be offended and leave. What would it matter? To whom can he go? There is no other.
Depend upon it, dear reader, you cannot stand in the hour of the storm unless you have been “alone with Jesus,” unless it is HIMSELF who fills your eye and your heart. If it is to the company which is about Him that you have come, instead of Himself, you have something more to learn, something more to lose. You have yet found no center for your heart, and you are yet but a wandering star. And be sure of this, that Satan will leave none untested who connect themselves with the name of Christ.
But if such be the portion of him who has found in Christ his “all” already here, what will it be, oh, what will it be up there where nothing more to mar the glory of His face, we shall see how worthy He is for whom we have lost all through faithfulness to Him!
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Most people seem to think that the world is becoming, or will inevitably become, a better place in which to live. It is felt that through education, diplomacy, and scientific advances, most people will live longer, better, and more peaceful lives than any who have lived before. Is this really what’s next?
Not according to Jesus! Not long before He left this world about two thousand years ago He said, “As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:37). There are two very important things in this statement. First, Jesus reiterates His promise to return to the world (more about this later). Second, when He comes, the condition of the world will be the same as it was in the days of Noah. What is said about the world then? We are told, “The earth was corrupt” and “filled with violence” (Genesis 6:11). The headlines on the evening news and in the world’s newspapers every day show that in spite of our “advanced civilization” and modern technology, these two evils—corruption and violence—are filling the world today.
Places where it was once safe to walk at night are now the scenes of crime during the day, and many things that God has always called corruption and sin are now accepted as “personal choices” and “lifestyles.” Note the words of Jesus again: “As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” By looking around at events and conditions in the world today, we believe that “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” (James 5:8).
His coming will occur in two stages, fulfilling two very different promises. First, the Lord Jesus Christ will come to the air with a shout, raise the bodies of Christians who have died, change the bodies of the living believers, and rapture them all to heaven, “that where I am there ye may be also” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; John 14:3). Then, later, all who have rejected Christ will be judged “when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” … “because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness” (2 Thessalonians 1:7,8; Acts 17:31).
What’s next in God’s schedule of events for you? Will you be among those who “know not God,” and perish in your sins, or will you be among the blood-bought people of God, and be caught up in a moment of time to be forever with Christ?
Knowing God is not believing that He exists; it is not saying prayers or going to church or doing good works. Knowing God is entering into a personal relationship with Him through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ, who said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). Jesus Christ has provided the only way by which hell-deserving sinners like us can have our sins washed away when He “bare our sins in His own body on the tree” and “rose again the third day” (1 Peter 2:24; 1 Corinthians 15:4).
In order to be ready for what’s next—the coming of Christ—you must realize that you need salvation, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). You must realize that without Jesus Christ, there is no salvation, “For there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). You must realize that you cannot earn salvation, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9). You must simply trust what Jesus has done for you, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
Turn in faith to Jesus today and He will take away your burden of sin—no matter how great it is. Only then will you know the One who holds the future in His hands, and be ready for what’s next.
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Jesus said: “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 2:17)
You may be surprised to learn that the Bible contains much bad news for people who would consider themselves to be good. The following verses are examples of this:
We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6
There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. Romans 3:10,11
All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. Hebrews 4:13
God requireth that which is past. Ecclesiastes 3:15
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us. Titus 3:5
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His [God’s] sight. Romans 3:20
God … now commandeth all men every where to repent. Acts 17:30
Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:3
“Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6)
You may be equally surprised to know that there are other Scriptures which show that there is much good news for bad people. Here are a few:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15
God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. Acts 16:31
Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1
Perhaps you are one of those people who is trying to be good enough to merit heaven when you die. You may be seeking to “do the best you can” or “live by the golden rule.” These things are all well in their place, but we must tell you plainly that the Bible has nothing but bad news for you. Heaven cannot be gained that way. “All have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and are under condemnation and must have Someone to save and justify them. Sinners are unable to save or even help to save themselves.
But if on the other hand you know that you are guilty before God and lost and without a doubt—going to hell—then the Bible surely holds good news for you. Christ Jesus died for you on Calvary’s cross and rose again that you might be saved, and He offers a pardon for all your sins. If you will, just as you are, look by faith to Him, you can know the forgiveness of your sins and have the assurance of eternal life.
Jesus said, “Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)
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“Seek ye out the Book of the Lord, and read.” Isaiah 34:16
The Bible is our daily guide for life.To follow God’s will, we must read it! Here are some suggestions to help you as you feed on God’s Word.
It is important to read the Bible on a daily basis. Let God, through His Word, guide you through every day.
“They received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily.” Acts 17:11
As you read, pray that the Lord will give you understanding of His Word.
“Teach me Thy way, O Lord.”
Ponder over what you read in God’s Word and He will reveal His truths to you.
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he
meditate day and night.” Psalm 1:2
As you read, always ask yourself: “How does this apply to me?”
“O send out Thy light and
Thy truth: let them lead me.”
Receive every word as true, with simple childlike trust. Rest upon the promises that God has given to you.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Be prepared to put what you read into action in your life. It’s not enough just to read God’s Word: we must apply it to daily life.
“Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God … rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
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One of the great blessings we enjoy in the United States of America is freedom. We all have the freedom to live our own life, choose our own path, and use our abilities for our own gain as well as for the good of others. We have the freedom to choose our leaders and the freedom to worship God without fear of interference from the government.
All of these freedoms are great blessings, but they were not won without a cost. Our forefathers took a stand for these freedoms and defended them, whatever the price. Since then, countless brave men and women have stood up to protect this great country, to secure its freedoms, and to promote the cause of freedom around the world. Many of them have paid the ultimate price, and we honor their sacrifice.
There is an even greater freedom which can be possessed and enjoyed by every person on the face of the earth, regardless of their social standing or nationality. This is freedom from sin and its judgment. Mankind has been in bondage to sin long before America was founded. In fact, the power and consequences of sin have governed the world since the first man, Adam, disobeyed God. “By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).
Because man is in such terrible bondage to sin and Satan (Heb. 2:14,15), God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth as “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). On Calvary’s cross He, who knew no sin, was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:21). Christ died for sinners like you and me, and thereby paid the penalty for sin. Now He freely offers the gift of God—eternal life—to all who will come to Him (Romans 6:23).
Have you received this gift of life and liberty from the Saviour? It is received by faith alone in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9). When one confesses to God that he is a sinner, and trusts the Lord Jesus as his personal Saviour, he is then made free indeed! All his sins are washed away in the precious blood of Christ (1 John 1:7). True freedom for everyone is found alone in Jesus Christ who died for us and rose again.
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). What a wonderful blessing it is to be free!
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Sometimes life is difficult. You may feel like your situation is hopeless or that no one understands what you are going through. There is one Person who knows everything about you—God. No matter how difficult things seem, He is in control. He loves you and longs for you to call out to Him. Turn to Him. He can meet your every need.
Here are some Bible verses for your times of need:
Romans 8:28—And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
1 Peter 5:7—Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you.
Psalm 27:14—Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
Matthew 28:20—I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
Joshua 1:9—Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Romans 8:31—What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Psalm 46:1-3—God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
Romans 15:13—Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
Psalm 30:5—Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
1 John 4:9—In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
John 14:27—Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Philippians 4:6,7—Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Psalm 139:1-7—O Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
Psalm 27:5—For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.
Psalm 61:1,2—Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Matthew 11:28-30—Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
John 3:16—For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Isaiah 40:29—He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.
Deuteronomy 33:27—The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Isaiah 41:10—Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.
Proverbs 3:5,6—Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
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Throughout the New Year, and each step of the way,
May Christ be your portion, your joy and your stay.
With God’s precious precepts your daily delight
To lead and encourage in paths that are right.
“The Lord is my Shepherd,” how precious the word!
He’ll lead in green pastures, His promise is heard.
“Beside the still waters”&emdash;what comfort and rest!
What peace there is found upon Jesus’ breast.
His “goodness and mercy,” each day may you prove,
His comforting presence, His infinite love!
With richest compassions, each morning anew,
May multiplied mercies be showered on you!
“My cup runneth over,” His grace so abounds,
That fullest enjoyment in Jesus is found.
“The Lord is my portion,” this may your soul say,
And you will be happy each step of the way.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.Psalm 23
His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22,23
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. Revelation 21:5
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| Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.|
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
According to some estimates, there are more than 4,000 religions and belief systems in the world today. Are they all equally valid, or is one superior to all the rest? Many religions are contradictory to one other, and therefore point their followers in opposite directions. Because of these differences, it is impossible for every system of belief to be true.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible teaches that all other systems of belief are dangerously wrong: “Broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat” (Matthew 7:13).
Believe that the Bible is the Word of God. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
Believe that we are sinners by nature and by practice. “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Believe that our sin separates us from God. “Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you” (Isaiah 59:2).
Believe that God loves us even though we have rejected Him. “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Believe that God gave His Son for us. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Believe that Christ died for our sins. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3).
Believe that Christ paid for our sins on the cross. “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
Believe that Christ rose from the dead. “He was buried, and … rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4).
Believe that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin. “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7). “Without shedding of blood is no remission [forgiveness]” (Hebrews 9:22).
Believe that we must turn to God and receive new life from Him. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).
Believe that faith in Christ gives eternal life. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).
Believe that all who reject Christ and His atoning sacrifice on the cross, will receive everlasting punishment. “But the fearful, and unbelieving … and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).
If you agree with these truths from God’s word—that’s great! However, we need more than just knowledge in our heads; following God and receiving His forgiveness requires faith in one’s heart: “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness” (Romans 10:10).
It is our earnest prayer that you will go to the Bible to see if these things are true, and then believe them with all your heart. Only in this way will you escape the delusion of human belief systems—and be spared from God’s coming judgment. “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25).
When you turn to God in repentance and put your trust in Jesus Christ to cleanse you of your sin, you will be saved forever. “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand” (John 10:28).
“Whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:26).
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On Judgment Day, God will not be concerned with your reasoning, or your rational as it regards His Great Salvation, and what each, and every human being did with the Greatest opportunities in their lives to be saved, and live in His Glorious New Heavens, and New Earth! The Bible says we are only given this life to make things right, and truly prepare for our eternal futures! Do you know for certain where you will go when you die? If not, then you must call on The Lord while you have time! Remember TODAY is THE DAY OF SALVATION (the day YOU hear the Call)! Do you hear Him calling you?
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Romans 10:14 KJV
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.
“Joy to the World” is one of the most popular Christmas carols of all time, but did you know it was not written as a Christmas song at all? Authored in 1719 by the famous English hymn writer Isaac Watts, this call to worship was intended for use year-round. Watts found his inspiration for “Joy to the World” in the message of Psalm 98, which encourages the whole earth to “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”
One hundred and twenty years later, American musician Lowell Mason united the lyrics with the tune we know and love today. It’s no wonder that this uplifting hymn has become a regular part of our Christmas celebrations, and is one of the best-loved carols of all time. After all, Christmas is the season of joy!
Christmas is a time for us to rejoice as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. On the night Jesus was born, an angel announced the joyful news: “I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day … a Savior which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). We can rejoice that Jesus left His glorious throne in heaven and came to earth to become our Savior.
Why do we need a savior? The Bible tells us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin means “missing the mark.” We have all missed the mark of perfect obedience to God. Whether we have missed the mark by a little or by a lot, our sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2). Unless the record of our sin is wiped clean, we will remain separated from Him for eternity (Revelation 20:15).
What keeps us from experiencing deep, meaningful joy? The short answer is that we have removed God from His rightful place, and we sit on the throne of our own lives. We occupy ourselves with pleasure and possessions—things which soon will pass away. But God designed us for much more; He created us to live in relationship with Him for eternity. When we live in harmony with God, joy is the natural result.
How can we be restored to a relationship with God? The answer is Jesus. Even before He was born in Bethlehem, Jesus Christ was destined to die on the cross as our substitute. There, He took the punishment for our sins. He then rose from the grave, proving that He is truly the Son of God—and that the way to everlasting life has been opened. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Now that’s a wonderful reason for joy!
It’s time to make room in your heart for the King. Recognize that your way falls short of God’s way. Turn to Him and put your trust in the Savior, Jesus. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).
When your heart is made new through God’s saving grace, you not only receive forgiveness of sins: you also enter into a new life characterized by the peace and joy that come from walking with God. Even during life’s troubles, you will understand that “in [God’s] presence is fulness of joy” (Psalm 16:11). There is no joy without Jesus. Do you know Him?
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