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elim_slide_shareTheJoySERMONThis is a season of joy. This call to joy was announced by the angel so beautifully- I bring you good news of great joy (Luke 2:10). Great joy, mega joy to all people- no one is omitted. The abiding, substantial reality of Christmas is set ablaze by the richness and warmth of the revelation of good news of great joy to all people.

We sometimes get so caught up in non-essentials that we lose our joy. God is not threatened by Santa Clause, Christmas trees or retailers saying happy holidays. Embrace the season with joy. Rejoice! Enjoy the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. Let’s rejoice and be glad that our God has come. Instead of mourning that Christmas has lost its real meaning in our society, let us who have experienced the good news of mega joy be filled with such exuberant, unhindered joy.

Joy is in another league than ordinary happiness. Joy is true contentment that comes from internal factors like our faith in the Lord. True joy is everlasting and not dependent upon circumstances. Happiness is fleeting because it depends on things outside of us, but true joy is eternal because it is based on God’s grace and our relationship with Jesus Christ.

In my reading recently I read this convicting statement, nothing is gospel that is not joy producing in those receiving it. The announcement of Christ’s first advent was a joy announcement and a joy producing announcement. It speaks to what we should be about. Romans 8:1-2 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.” The gospel produces joy, the joy of the Lord, the joy of sins forgiven, the joy of our eternal home.

What should fuel our rejoicing this Christmas season is the joy of God’s salvation. David’s heartfelt prayer was, God restore to me the joy of your salvation. Our greatest reason to be joyful is that God wants to save us and spend eternity with us. We have joy because of God’s grace and the next step is to allow our joy to become an action as we express it. 1 Peter 1:8 says, though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.

One of our greatest needs is a fresh revelation of God’s work of grace in our lives through Jesus. It’s the revelation of God’s work of grace in our lives that will set ablaze the richness and warmth of the revelation that is the abiding, substantial reality of Christmas – good news of great joy.

Let’s Share the Joy together. You can help us here at Elim Share the Joy in a very practical way. Christmas can be a joyful time for many, but for others the challenges and needs of life shadow. Throughout the Christmas season we are hoping you help ‘Share the Joy’ by supporting a number of initiatives. Your special gift to our Share the Joy fund will help us share the good news of great joy to all people.

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Pastor Russell
Author: Pastor Russell

Pastor Russell is currently serving as the Lead Pastor at Elim Pentecostal Tabernacle. You can follow him on Twitter at @rgbartlett.