One starry night 2000 years ago, something happened that was so amazingly awesome, it changed the course of the human race forever. When the angels found out about it, they were so excited they did something they’d never done before, or since.
First, a great company of the heavenly host gathered above a certain field. One of them appeared, with the glory of the Lord shining all around, and told the shepherds below the good news that would bring great joy to everyone.
The angel told them our Savior—our Messiah and Lord—had been born in Bethlehem!
Then, bursting with joy, all the angels appeared to the humans, singing “Glory to God,” and “peace on earth.”
Once the shepherds had recovered from the overwhelming display, they hurried to Bethlehem to see this miraculous baby in a manger for themselves. When they did, they were also so overcome with joy that they too ran around telling everyone the good news. It was just as the angels said.
Our Savior—our Messiah and Lord—had come.
At last, God himself had come down to rescue us from our endless cycle of temptation, sin, and guilt and reunite us with God once and for all.
At last, all the love, forgiveness, and healing our heart needs was available to everyone who would believe.
At last, Jesus—the King of Kings and Lord of Lords—was here for us to receive.
On this third week of Advent, we celebrate the “Joy” Jesus brings, singing “Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let Earth receive her King.”
All photos in this post were taken by me.