The Secret of Joy

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Luke 2:8-14

Christmas is a fun time. Lights twinkle, snow sparkles, carols ring out, and Santas say “ho ho.” But Christmas is also a time of joy. The angels said so: “I am bringing you good news of great joy” (v. 10).

Joy, of course, is a lot different than fun. Fun depends on outward stimuli. It’s temporary, lasting as long as the excitement does.

Joy, on the other hand, is a state of being. It’s largely untouched by outward circumstances. It is experienced deep within the soul. Joy does not eliminate sorrow, hardship, or pain, but it transforms them. Paul, you remember, said “I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake” (Col. 1:24).

This joy, said the angels, is “for all the people” (v. 10b). Not just for Jews, not just for adults, not just for “religious types.” There’s no one reading this devotional who can’t share the joy announced almost 2,000 years ago.

So how does one find this joy? “To you is born this day . . . a Savior” (v. 11). Saved from what? From anything and everything that could ultimately destroy us. Paul said it best in Romans 8:38-39: Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

That’s the kind of joy that will make life worth living in an insane world.

PRAYER

Lord, amid all the fun and celebration of Christmas, may we experience genuine joy. Amen.