Luke 2:9-11 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

The lasting Joy of Christmas is found when we receive the hopeful promise, and never let go. And that is why, for so many, Christmas comes too quickly, and leaves in the twinkling of an eye.

  1. Too busy to hear the good tidings of great joy
  2. Too afraid to follow the gospel
  3. Thought the message was for someone else
  4. Didn’t think they needed a Savior
  5. Had another lord, no time for this Christ

You see, God didn’t bring us good tidings of great joy, just for a day, or a week, or a season, but for our whole life. God didn’t come because we were ready, because we were prepared, but he came, because our lives are not perfect, we have often lost our way, because we are poor miserable sinners, and we need a Savior. God came because we can’t find forgiveness apart from the love of God which has come to us in Jesus Christ – only in him are our sins washed away, only in him are we made a new creation.

You see, the lasting joy of Christmas is God’s gift of his only son, our Savior. It was the first Christmas present, wrapped is swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. When we first hear the message, we like the shepherds are sore afraid – that God could do such things, and bring them to us, who seeing our sins, see our own unworthiness. But it is in then, when there is nothing else, that we look for hope. It is then, when we know we need a savior that we long to see this savior.

So it is that God works a change in our hearts, he leads us from fear into joy through faith. Faith grasps the promise and never lets go – because faith knows, that not only is this what we need – not only is this a priceless gift – but this is what everyone needs, so we, like the shepherds, tell of the things we have seen and heard, of God at work among us, bringing salvation in Jesus Christ.