“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.”
Christmas is a joyful time that we celebrate the birth of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The angel announced the birth of Christ with great joy:
“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.'”
But Christ himself wanted us to feel the great joy of his coming in His promise of hope every day of our lives. Christ’s every message was intended to bring joy to mankind.
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
– John 15:11
Some people miss the message Jesus is imparting in the above verse. They see the Bible as a set of rules that hinders them from doing whatever they care to do.
They fail to see the “good news” of the Gospels – the message of joy and hope that the Gospels are all about.
We live in a troubled world, but Christ did not want us to be troubled. In so many Bible verses joy is the message Jesus is delivering to us.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
– John 16:33
“But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.”
– John 17:13
“Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.”