Advent 2019

Arrival of Joy

JOY.  Isn’t it good news that JOY is the theme of this third week of Advent?!  And we can take great JOY in the importance of that word “all” in the tenth verse of Luke chapter two.

Before Jesus came, God’s presence dwelt only within the Holy of Holies in God’s temple that the Israelites constructed for Him.  And only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies.  And, he could only enter one day a year, on the Day of Atonement.  So, only one person could be in the direct presence of God one day out of the year.

But with Jesus first arrival, that all changed!  Because Jesus came to be Immanuel…God with us! Us is a plural word.  He came for all of us.  Just as He told Abraham He would.

With Jesus first arrival, He created a way that we could all be in God’s presence forever.  It was actually with his final moment…

It was in this miraculous moment, when the hand of God tore the temple veil, that made it possible for Him to dwell with all of us.  Because we all became a temple for God to dwell within.  Making it possible for Him to be with us always.

This is the good news of great JOY that the angels proclaimed that night to the shepherds.  That God came in the form of a baby so that He could make a way to be with us always.  He would dwell within our very hearts, meaning that we are always in His presence because His presence is within us!

Guess what all!

Fullness of JOY!  And while He was here Jesus said…

With His first arrival Jesus gave us His JOY, and He filled us so full that we could remain in JOY while we wait for second arrival!

We wait with inexpressible and glorious JOY in our hearts because we are receiving that which we hope for, the salvation of our souls.

We wait with JOY in our hearts for when we will see Him again and our JOY will be made complete.

We wait with JOY in our hearts for the day that we are able to stand in the presence of His glory, without blemish and with great JOY to God our Savior.

During this third week of Advent, may we meditate on all that Christ did for us with His first arrival and rejoice with exceedingly great JOY, like the wise men did when they saw the star that shone over Bethlehem.  While we wait for His second arrival…

* Take time to read these scriptures today:

Luke 2:10 ESV – And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

Genesis 12:3 – I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

Matthew 27:51 – Suddenly, the curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.

1 Corinthians 3:16 – Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s temple and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

Psalm 16:11 ESV – You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

John 15:11 ESV – These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

1 Peter 1:8-9 – Though you have not seen him, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

John 17:13 – Now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy completed in them.

Jude 1:24 – Now to him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of his glory, without blemish and with great joy

Romans 15:13 ESV – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

* Think About It:

Isn’t it wonderful to think that Jesus’ very own JOY remains in us?!  Think on the word “joy” today and journal what it means to you that Jesus’ joy is within you so that your joy can remain full.  And then, write down what is making you joyful this Christmas and Advent season.

Blessings to you this Christmas and Advent season!