Advent 2014 – Christmas Day!

Joy to the World! One of the most popular and beloved Christmas songs was never meant to be a Christmas song. “Joy to the World” was written by Isaac Watts as a part of his "Psalms of David Imitated.” At age 15, following a Sunday service, Watts complained that the church was “atrocious” in its efforts to sing about God’s greatness. Challenged to “give us something better,” Watts was unleashed to a lifetime of creativity and inspiration, giving life to many of the hymns that we sing even today. Later in life, Watts became a pastor and penned numerous songs sung by his congregation. In 1719, he released a collection of hymns that were designed not to imitate King David’s Psalms, but to bring them to life with the New Testament reality of the Messiah. Among his most treasured lyrics is this: Joy to the World, the Lord is COME! Let Earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing! What great lyrics! The greatest joy the world has ever known – her King has come! Watts, however, doesn’t stop there and neither does the story of God! The fullness of what happens at Christmas is that one day the King will come back and make ALL things right! We are now awaiting the full restoration that Watts wrote about in this lyric: No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found! With the return of Christ, which we should also celebrate on Christmas morning, all that has been wrong – disease, death, sorrow, anxiety…THORNS – will be undone! This is the true hope for every Christian. May this Christmas morning be fully celebrated in the confidence that Christ has come and that He will come again!