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December 2017

During this season of Advent one of the words that we hear most often is the word, joy.  It is commonly part of the hymns we sing.  How many can you think of?  As I was thinking about this, I was reminded of several songs and phrases in Advent songs:

Joy to the world, the LORD is come...

Good Christian men, rejoice!...

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we...

Dear desire of every nation, Joy of every longing heart...

Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plain, and the mountains in reply, echo back the joyous strain...

Oh Tidings of Comfort and Joy...

Jesus Joy of Man’s Desiring...

Joyful all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies...

Glad tidings of great joy I bring...

O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant...

Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, praises voicing, greet the morrow...

And, How great our joy, Great our joy, Joy, Joy, Joy...

So why should there be JOY when we think about the coming of Jesus Christ to earth - the incarnation of God as man?

The short answer is that this is biblical, for joy or rejoicing is a major emphasis in the passages that deal with the virgin birth of Jesus.  So many of the people who had some part in the events of Christ’s birth rejoiced over it.  And so, we should too.

But why exactly were they rejoicing?  Two passages specifically tell us.

First, we rejoice because the King Promised in the Old Testament (Isaiah 9:6-7) has finally come.  That is certainly why the wisemen who sought Jesus rejoiced.  They no doubt had read the prophecy of Daniel, as he had been one of the wise men of that region of the world.  Daniel had prophesied the coming of a Prince who would be king, and when God caused a new star to be revealed, the wisemen knew it was time for this king’s birth.  So, they set off looking for him.  And when, after they had left Jerusalem, they found Him, they “rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.”  And they fell on their knees and worshiped him (Matthew 2:9-11).

As Christians, we understand just how bad this world is.  Kings, presidents, and other leaders disappoint and fail us.  They ignore God’s decrees and commands.  They pervert justice, especially when it comes to justice for unborn children.  But we rejoice that the One Great and Perfect and Just king has come.  We rejoice that He (as He did with the wisemen) has made Himself known to us, and that we have the privilege of bowing before Him and worshiping Him!  Many in this world do not want Jesus ruling over them.  They would rather be their own masters.  But the only true joy comes from bowing to, and worshiping The One truly Great King, Jesus Christ.

Second, we rejoice because this King is also the one who has come to save us from our sins.  Before Jesus was born, an angel of the LORD appeared to Joseph, to reveal the truth to him about the child that his soon-to-be wife would bear.  Among other things, His name was to be called Jesus (which literally means, “Jehovah saves”) because “He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21).  And when He was born, the shepherds received the same message from the angel.  “Behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people, for unto you is born this day...A Savior.” (Luke 2:10-11)

Ever since the disobedience and fall of Adam, every person in the human race had been guilty of sin - of also rebelling against God’s will and commands.  Because of that, human beings all die - and without something being done for them - would also rightly be judged by God in hell for eternity.  But God had always planned to something to save His people, though they did not deserve it.  His Son would come to die on the cross, taking the judgement and wrath of God which they deserved for their sin, so that “whoever believes on Him will not perish but have eternal life.”  Again, many in this world feel that they have no need of a Savior, or they choose their own alternate savior, or else try to save themselves by their own good works.  But it is ONLY those who rely on being made right with God through the only God-sent Savior, Jesus Christ, who can rejoice.

And so only those who have bowed to Jesus as King, and trusted Him as their only Savior, can have true joy at this, or any time of year.

That is why we who know and trust in Jesus Christ sing, “Joy to the world, the LORD is come!”

May you have a blessed and joyful Advent season,

Pastor Dave

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events

WIC meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 10th at 7 p.m. at the home of Moven Futch.

Young men’s campout on October 13-14.  Please RSVP to Pastor Dave at 478-284-2487 as soon as possible if you are interested in attending.

Pastor Installation will be on Sunday, October 15th following the evening worship service with a snack supper. Each family is asked to bring 1 savory or 1 sweet dish to share with others.

English Contra Dance - October 27th - 7:00-9:30 pm - Join us for an evening of delightful diversion. Instructions will be given with each dance.  $5 per person.  Proceeds will pay for shipping of OCC shoeboxes.

Reformation Meal - October 29th - Join us as we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517.

OCC National Collection Week:  November 13-20th   Place your Dayspring boxes at the front of the sanctuary by Sunday, November 19th.  Check the schedule in the hallway for ways and times you can help during collection week.  Coming soon:  Dates for Atlanta processing!

HBSF/Prayer meeting will meet at the Church on Sunday nights at 6:00 PM unless otherwise stated.


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