All I Want For Christmas – Joy

“As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” L‭uke‬ ‭1:44-45‬ ‭NIV‬‬
 

Elizabeth had been basking in the miracle of a surprise pregnancy for about six months when Mary arrived at her house. Mary had hurried to visit her older relative Elizabeth, as she processed all that was happening in her world. When Mary entered the home of Zacharias and Elizabeth, the baby boy within the womb of Elizabeth jumped for JOY! The instant John, although unborn, sensed that he was in the presence of Jesus the Messiah, he leaped for JOY!

John, still in his mother’s womb and unable to see Jesus with his natural eyes, knew he was in the presence of the Lord. There was only one possible response to the presence of the Lord, and that was JOY! Elizabeth expressed to Mary this was no soft little nudging she felt from the baby within – it was a gargantuan leap! John was exploding with JOY at being in the presence of Jesus! The spirit of John was responding to the Spirit of Jesus Christ where there is always fullness of JOY.

When Jesus walks into our world, homes, and lives we also experience JOY. Our heart should begin to jump just like John’s. Having our children home for Christmas, receiving mountains of gifts, decorating the house, or eating fancy culinary concoctions…these things add to our JOY. Yet they can’t substitute for the JOY we receive from a relationship with Jesus. This Christmas make room for His presence. May we spend time worshiping Him at church with friends and family and experience the JOY of the season.

 

In Christ’s love and service,

Pastor Paul Marzahn