As we enjoy this year’s Christmas celebrations, it is truly a time to be thankful for Jesus’ birth. I have always tried to make it clear to our children (and now grandchildren) on Christmas morning before the gifts are handed out that the reason we are celebrating is the birth of Jesus Christ. We would even take time each year to read the story once again and offer a prayer of thanksgiving for the greatest gift of all, God’s own Son.
It is wonderful once again to enjoy the beautiful decorations and carols echoing and ringing joyfully in places around the world. One of those carols that we sing is “Joy to the World” written by Isaac Watts more than 250 years ago. However, he did not intend for it to be a Christmas song, but music to announce the Second Coming of Christ and His kingdom rule. Remember some of the words? “Joy to the world! the Lord is come; Let earth receive her king.… No more let sins and sorrows grow.… He rules the world with truth and grace.…” This is really a song of the Millennium—a reminder that the Babe who came the first time in a manger will return the second time as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Even so come Lord Jesus!