To recapture the wonder and joy of Christmas this year, let us go down to Bethlehem with the eye of faith and the heart of love. Let us join the wondering and fearful shepherds and hear afresh, the proclamation of the angel . . . “I bring you good news that will cause great joy.” Remember, the good news was not to cause our happiness because happiness is rooted in the circumstances of life. When things are good we are happy. When things are bad we are sad. But with this promised joy of the Lord, it remains untouched by circumstances because joy is an inside job. It is not rooted in circumstances. It is rooted in Christ. This is what makes Christmas the most wonderful joyous time of the year.
Two thousand years ago wise Magi sought out this child born who would be savior of the world. Their joy was unspeakable as they adored this new born baby born King of kings, and Lord of lords. We would do well to spend more time throughout this Christmas month seeking Jesus rather than the sales at our favorite stores. Keeping Christ in Christmas is the key that unlocks the door leading to great joy, regardless of the circumstances life throws your way. So, regardless of where this finds you today, fear not and remember what the angel said, “I bring YOU good news of great joy!” It truly is the most wonderful joy-filled time of the year when YOU remember the reason for the season . . . Immanuel . . . God with YOU!!!
Tommy Boland is senior pastor of Cross Community Church in Deerfield Beach. He blogs regularly at tommyboland.com.