JOY: Luke 2:8-14

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This Advent season let us reflect on what true joy is. It is Jesus and his gift on our behalf. Joy is not merely great pleasure or happiness. It is the person from whom those things flow, consistently, overwhelmingly, and graciously. We have true joy in Jesus because we can fully trust God’s promise that his sacrifice makes us right with God. Despite all of the evil ending in death here, we live on, because of Jesus’ work on our behalf. He is God, and he died and rose again to defeat death, the end that comes to all. In this there is true joy and good news! We know we can trust God in his promises because Jesus proves his truthfulness. Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promise to the Jews and the Gentiles for a savior to redeem them, to redeem us. We gain joy in Christ’s having already come and take hope in his future arrival, to defeat Satan for good. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

SCRIPTURE

Luke 2:8-14 8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 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. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

  Romans 15:8-13 8 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,

and sing to your name.” 10 And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” 11 And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.” 12 And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.”  

Isaiah 11:1-10 11 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, 4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. 9 They shall not

hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.

DISCUSSION

1. Was there anything from Sunday’s Sermon or the Big Idea that had an affect on you? What questions do you have about the sermon or the Scripture? 2. What stands out to you in the Scriptures from Sunday and why? *See Scripture tab above 3. How is Christ our true joy? How does this change our lives?  

GOOD WORD

Romans 15:13 “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.”

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