Lk.2:9-11 – And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
When everything has been said and done all anyone is looking for out of their life is some sort of joy. There are all kinds of false joys that you may have tried, all of us have. Everything from pot-smoker’s joy to wine guzzler’s joy or maybe the joy of adultery or the joy found in fine clothing, jewelry, or cars. The frustrating thing about these natural pleasures, they are fleeting and unfulfilling. All of their promises of contentment are only lies and can never fill the longing for joy that drives us on. The gospel joy introduced by the angels is quite different. Charles Spurgeon describes it like this.
“The joy which the gospel brings is not borrowed but blooms in its own garden. We may truly say in the language of one of our sweetest hymns—
“I need not go abroad for joy,
I have a feast at home,
My sighs are turned into songs,
My heart has ceased to roam.
Down from above the Blessed Dove
Has come into my breast,
To witness his eternal love,
And give my spirit rest.”
Let our joy be living water from those sacred wells which the Lord himself has dug; may his joy abide in us, that our joy may be full. Of Christ’s joy we cannot have too much; no fear of running to excess when his love is the wine we drink. Oh to be plunged in this pure stream of spiritual delights!”
The joy the angels were describing is not in the same category as sensual joys. The angels were announcing a new day of joy of a totally different kind. This spiritual or heavenly joy is not anchored to natural circumstances, experiences, or possessions. Heavenly joy is associated with the glory of the Lord and this beautiful person; the Savior, Christ our Lord. The angelic announcement and song is a literal taste of the coming kingdom breaking into the world. This joy will be permanent and complete at His return.
“Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let earth receive her King”.