But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news
of great joy which will be for all the people;for today in the city of David
there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)
Did you notice the progression of the words: good news…great joy…for all people? The good news if properly perceived and received should result in a joy so great that it can’t be kept a secret! I find in this announcement of Christ’s birth a powerful key to life-giving ministry in our day.
Where did this great joy come from? It came down from Heaven. This means Heaven is a place of great joy. Why is that? Because God is a God of great joy! He’s the only truly sovereign being in the universe. Sovereignty relates to having both the freedom and the power to do whatever you decide to do…whatever pleases you. As human beings we have only limited freedom and limited power. But God has never failed to accomplish anything that He has planned. For this reason He is an “unfrustrated” God! Think on that. An existence without frustration would tend to be a very happy one.
This joyful message that comes to us in Christ is none other than a revelation of Heaven’s God! The Bible says that Christ was the fullness of God in bodily form and that He was “anointed with the oil of gladness above all his brethren.” (Ps 45:7) It takes the gladness of God to truly preach the good news! There are too many sad preachers trying to convince suspicious people of good news. Our lives must tell the story! The atmosphere around us must be saturated with God’s goodness. And if God has His way that’s the way we all will live…full of joy!