Unwrapping the Gifts of Advent - The Gift of Joy

Sunday, December 11, 2011


“When they saw the star they were filled with great joy!” 
(Matthew 2:10) 

The Magi who sought the Messiah rejoiced when they saw the star in the east for they knew that it was a sign from the heavens that would lead them to their Savior. They longed to find the Lord so they could bow down and worship Him as King. When the star filled the sky and lighted the way, they knew that their search was almost at an end and their hearts were overwhelmed with joy!

And, just like the Wise Men of years ago, there are many searchers in the world today. They are men and women, both young and old, who are looking for answers. They search for something to fix the pain, remove the ache and save them from an empty life. But, unlike the travelers who found Jesus in the light of that star over Bethlehem, they often follow the wrong paths. Somehow, they miss His light, for lack of a star. But still, they search. And for those who search for the Lord, they will find joy beyond their imagination, for they will find Christ. He is the only One who can satisfy the longing in our hearts and fill the “God-shaped” hole inside of us. We have but to ask…


“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; 
knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).


Praise God that He is a Savior that wants to be found by us! He promises healing, fulfillment and life. He gives us hope and peace and fills our souls with joy! On this 3rd Sunday in Advent, as we light another candle, let’s remember the incredible gift we are unwrapping. Joy has come to the world through Christ the Lord! Let us rejoice as we welcome Him into our lives!

Joyfully receiving Him, 





“Joy to the world – the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King!”





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10 comments

  1. Today's message at church was all about JOY! And our pastor said that the secret to real joy is this - the enduring and sure knowledge that GOD IS WITH ME.

    That is our Emmanuel. The One who became one of us - so that we could find Him and invite Him into our hearts. The One who died so we could live forever!

    Let earth receive her KING!! AMEN.

    GOD BLESS!

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  2. It is so comforting to know that he never changes and he is waiting to give us all that he gave those in the first century ... if we but ask and seek him.

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  3. The joy of the Shepherds as they heard the Angels announce the birth of our King, and also the Magi who followed the star their joy must have simply made their hearts almost burst for happiness. May we get excited too when we come to worship our Lord and King.

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  4. Amen! It is because of ALL these: shattered homes, rent hearts, broken bodies, that the Messiah has come – to save, to heal, and to restore. To give new lives.

    Have a blessed week,
    Rina

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  5. I am so very thankful that He removed the ache in my heart and replaced it with His Joy.

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  6. Lovely post Joan; the joy of the Lord is our strength! We are blessed to be able to receive God's gift of joy during this season and always. :)

    Blessings and hugs,
    Denise

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  7. I am reminded that the JOY of the Lord is My Strength. Thank you for reminding us to be joyful in this season of the celebration of His birth.

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  8. Dear Joan, God created us for fellowship with Him, so until we trust Him, nothing can satisfy the aching and emptiness in our heart. Those who are truly wise place their faith in Him, not in man's "wisdom" or science. Thanks for the excellent post and hosting the linkup!
    Joy and peace to you!

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  9. At church yesterday, we sang songs about joy and the third unity candle was lit. We can have joy even during times of uncertainty...the joy of the Lord is our strength.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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