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Sermon: Joy to the World
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Psalm 98:2-9
Size: 11.8 MB
Learning From the Songs of Christmas
Joy to the World
Even at its best, Christmas means parties to plan, gifts to buy, elaborate meals to cook, long trips to take, or out-of-town guests to host. Instead of bringing JOY, Christmas can bring frustration.
Unfortunately, many people leave Christ out of Christmas. Instead of looking to Jesus, people look for JOY anywhere and everywhere else.
The Bible says a lot about JOY. The kind of JOY the Bible talks about goes much deeper than mere happiness.
The first stanza teaches: THERE IS JOY WHEN THE KING IS RECEIVED
King Herod was anything but joyful when the Magi from the East inquired about the birthplace of a new King.
While Herod saw Jesus as a Threat, the Wise Men saw Jesus as a Gift, and they came to worship Him.
The second stanza teaches: THERE IS JOY WHEN THE SAVIOR REIGNS
Receiving Christ is the important first step. But then we must go on to let him Reign in our lives.
Most of us do a pretty lousy job of running our lives on our own. Jesus knows what will give you JOY.
The third stanza teaches: THERE IS JOY WHEN THE SINNER REPENTS
Sin promises happiness. But Sin delivers sorrow.
The baby changed everything. Has the Bethlehem Baby changed your life?
The last stanza teaches: THERE IS JOY WHEN THE TRUTH RULES WITHS GRACE
JOY comes because He rules with a perfect balance of TRUTH and GRACE.
True JOY will be yours this Christmas if you will RECEIVE Christ, REPENT of your sins, and let Jesus REIGN in your life with Truth and Grace.