Today we celebrate the joy of knowing that Christ came to save us. We share in the joy that both Mary and Joseph must have felt at the birth of their son, a son who would deliver the world from sin and death.
What I find so significant about this joy is that it isn’t just an emotion, it’s a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Sure, happiness is attached to it but when you really take time to consider what Christ’s arrival on earth means for humanity you truly experience an unspeakable joy (1 Peter 1:18).
What this means for us as Christians is that circumstances and trials cannot take away this joy. We can feel sad, afraid, and even lonely yet at the same time Christ’s joy can abide in our hearts.
“And Mary said, ‘My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has begun to rejoice in God my Savior. For from now on all generations will call me blessed, because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name; from generation to generation he is merciful to those who fear him.'” (Luke 1:46-50 NET)
Father, our hearts are full of joy as we reflect upon the coming of your Son, Jesus. Thank you that what we feel isn’t just an emotion but a fruit of Your Holy Spirit in us. Help us to share this joy with others this Christmas season.
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