Joy to the World

Joy to the World

Sunday December 5, 2010

“Joy to the World” was written by Reverend Isaac Watts, a Pastor of an Independent congregation. His father, an out spoken non-conformist, had a strong influence on his life. His own non-conformist life, combined with sincere Christian faith, led him to a pastorate of an early non-denominational church. Unhindered by denominational restraints Watts become the writer of some of the most powerful hymns in today’s hymnal. This is why it is no surprise that “Joy to the World” is not just a Christmas favorite, but it is also rich in relevant meaning to all Christians.

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing”

This first verse is really the only verse that speaks about the Christmas story. Can you imagine the excitement you would have if angels appeared to you and announced that the long awaited Savior of the world has finally arrived? That would be equivalent to God sending us an angel to tell us the second coming was about to occur. This is what makes the Christmas season so special, the arrival of a Savior who will take all of our sufferings and struggles and create his own victory from them.

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).” Matthew 1:22 [ESV]

By calling Jesus Immanuel, it is made clear that Jesus is God and that he has come to be with His people. On the first Christmas, we received a king who desires to be with us. That is certainly something to sing about!

The most wonderful thing is that the story doesn’t end with Jesus’ birth. Here are the next three verses to “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 the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

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 of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Jesus didn’t come to die and grant salvation alone; he rose again and is a reigning king! This king reigns in a way that will mark the end to sin and it will remove every person who does not follow after him. His kingdom will be right and established on forgiveness and grace. What a King! What joy we can spread to the whole world about such a Lord and Savior!

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people.” Luke 2:10 [ESV]

Jesus came for all people. How can we share this joy with others? This song isn’t just about the awesome way Christ came, it tells the story of a king worth knowing and living for. How can you live differently for the one who reigns in truth and grace?

Written by Timothy Hegerich – Edited by Caroline Hegerich

There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world.  It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!

Want to listen to this song? Joy to the World  as performed by Mannheim Steamroller. (Music only arrangement)

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