Presentation on theme: "Good News of Great Joy Luke 2:8-14. WARNING : don’t confuse joy with happiness!! Happiness: 1. temporary feeling based on good “happenings” (things that."— Presentation transcript:
WARNING : don’t confuse joy with happiness!! Happiness: 1. temporary feeling based on good “happenings” (things that occur by chance) 2. outer response to positive circumstances; quickly changes
Joy: 1.It is divine. It is possessed and given only by God. It is the eternal meeting of our greatest need. 2.It is a fruit of the Spirit. 3. It is not tied to circumstances or feelings; present in trials. 4. Our faith in Jesus activates joy. 5. Rejoicing is worship.
“It is no accident that the words ‘joy’ and ‘rejoice’ appear particularly where there is express mention of eschatological fulfillment in Christ, of being in Him, and of hope in Him…the whole New Testament message is about the proclamation of God’s saving work in Christ is a message of joy” Theological Dictionary of the New Testament; p. 357.
Who is Jesus? “for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” Savior- “a deliverer who snatches someone from some terrible disaster” “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
Who is Jesus? “for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” Christ- “the Anointed One” Greek for “Messiah” “He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ And Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’” (Matt. 16:16)
Who is Jesus? “for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” Lord- “Master, Owner, Majesty, Deity” “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:11)
Good News of Great Joy “Joy is the flag that is flown from the castle of your heart when the King is in residence.” (Unknown)
Other titles for Jesus… Jesus- “One Who Saves” "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21)
Other titles for Jesus… For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Other titles for Jesus… "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which translated means, "God with us." (Matthew 1:23)
What are we like? “All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall upon Him.” (Isaiah 53:6)
What are we like? “There is none righteous, not even one…For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:10, 23) “And you were dead in your trespasses and sin…sons of disobedience…children of wrath” (Eph. 2:1-3)
What gifts have we received from Jesus? 1.Redemption- for sin “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)
What gifts have we received from Jesus? 1.Redemption- for sin 2.Propitiation- for God’s wrath “and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins…” (1 John 2:2)
What gifts have we received from Jesus? 1.Redemption- for sin 2.Propitiation- for God’s wrath 3.Reconciliation- for man’s estrangement “And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” (Romans 5:11)
Why were the angels singing? Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King; Peace on earth, and mercy mild; God and sinners reconciled.” By Charles Wesley
Good News of Great Joy J esus O [zero; nothing in between] Y ou
Has anything come between you and Jesus? “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” (John 15:11)
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)
Joy to the World! Hymn written in 1719 by Isaac Watts Source: Psalm 98 interpreted through the NT
Psalm 98:4-6 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, With the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn Shout joyfully before the King, the Lord.
Joy to the World! Joy to the world! the Lord is come; Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room, And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.
Joy to the World! Joy to the world! the Savior reigns; Let men their songs employ, While fields and floods, Rocks, hills and plains, Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.
Joy to the World! No more let sin and sorrow grow, Nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse if found, Far as the curse is found, Far as, far as the curse is found.
Joy to the World! He rules the world with truth and grace And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness And wonders of His love, And wonders, and wonders of His love.