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Pastor Bud Owen
Joy To The World
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” (Luke 2:10)
When God became man, and Jesus was born, true joy entered a world of sin and sadness. The Magi, who had been long anticipating the Savior's coming, “rejoiced with exceeding great joy” when they saw the star standing over the young Child (Matthew 2:10). This is the first mention of “joy” in the New Testament.
The heavenly host also rejoiced as their angelic captain shared with the shepherds in the field at Bethlehem the “good tidings [that is ‘the gospel’] of great joy.” The very gospel we are to preach is a gospel of exceeding joy, because we have a Savior to preach — Christ the Lord!
Although He was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3), the Lord Jesus “for the joy that was set before him endured the cross” (Heb. 12:2). He prepared His disciples for His coming death and their own subsequent sufferings for His name's sake by conveying to them His own joy. “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:11). He prayed for them to the Father, “that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves” (John 17:13). He promised to answer prayers offered to the Father in His name “that your joy may be full” (John 16:24).
Thus it is that all who truly believe on Christ can testify with Peter that even though “now [we] see him not, yet believing, [we] rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8). Even when suffering for Him, Christians know that “when his glory shall be revealed, [we] may be glad also with exceeding joy” (I Peter 4:13), for His Word promises that He will “present [us] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24).
(The preceding article was written by Dr. Henry M. Morris and published in the booklet, “Days of Praise”).
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- To Exalt the Savior!
- To Evanglize the Sinner!
- To Edify and Educate the Saint!
This is done through...
- Biblical Preaching and Teaching
- Christ-Centered and Christ-Honoring Music
- Love For and Fellowship with One Another
- Faithful Support of Missions
- Biblical Counseling
How do I become a Christian?
- Realize that you are lost and need a Savior and Jesus Christ is the Savior. (Romans 3:23 and 6:23)
- Recognize what God had done to remedy you lost condition. (Romans 5:8 and John 3:16)
- Repent; a willingness to turn from sin to the Savior. (Luke 13:3 and Acts 20:21)
- Receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your own Personal Savior. (John 1:12)
God has provided in Christ Jesus the ONLY way of salvation...you must make the choice to receive God's salvation. Will you, right now, invite Jesus Christ to be your Savior?