Scripture for Today: Luke 2:10-11 “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.'”
Does it seem bizarre to think of an angel as smiling? Unlike all the other angel sculptures on the facade of the cathedral in Rheims, France, this one does! She has stood there smiling since the 13th century. She continues to smile even though she was bombed in World War I and needed restoration. Despite destruction and death, she remains a symbol of victory and joy.
Today’s verse was spoken by an angel to the shepherds in the field, announcing the birth of a Savior. He announces this good news as “great joy.” How could he not smile in delivering this message? This is a joy that will be for all the people, in fact for all the world. The carol, Joy To The World, captures clearly the reason for our joy; the story of our redemption. This carol, attributed to Isaac Watts in 1719, is exuberant and victorious, ending with Christ’s triumphal return.
We sing Joy to the World as a Christmas carol but it was not written for that purpose as it is a song that celebrates the end of the story; Christ’s victory over sin and death. And He is not only a Savior, but He is my personal Savior. Despite the turmoil of this world around me, there is hope for a brighter tomorrow because of what He has done! He gives me a deep joy, being confident of His plan. One day He will “rule the world with truth and grace.”
Thank you Lord, for Your first coming, and for the one to come!