I've heard those words a few times already this season. They speak to the coming of Christ.
Yet, looking around, one might doubt the reality these words proclaim. I mean have you looked at our world recently? It's a mess. Joy to the World are hardly the words that spring to our minds as we hear all that's going on in our world today. I mean have you read the headlines. I was studying at a coffee shop yesterday and across from me was a man reading the paper.... As I glanced across to his table I saw the following headlines...
"Father killed his two children to spite his wife who left him." and then another that read, "Teachers fatal pursuit of cheating lover."
Joy to the World??? Yes! Even in the midst of such terrible news? Again, Yes! WHY? Our Saviour IS come! Jesus!
I was thinking about this and remembering the words of Jesus to the people of Nazareth. He comes home and the scroll of Isaiah is given to him. He reads from Isaiah 61 words of incredible promise... words of Freedom, Healing, Salvation, Liberation. He then sits down and ALL eyes are on him. It's at this point that he utters the first words of his ministry. Before he's healed anyone. Before he's done any miracles, before he's uttered any great teaching he says... "TODAY... freedom, healing, liberation... have come! How could He say this? Because salvation, freedom, healing, liberation are not found in something that Jesus does, but in the person of Jesus! In Him.
HE is salvation, healing, freedom, liberation. In HIM we find abundant LIFE!
So lift your voices and join me in singing.... Joy to the world the Lord is come... Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room...
Not a bad song... not a bad prayer!