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Joy to the World

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

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

Joy to the World by Isaac Watts is one of the most popular Christmas carols. Have you ever stopped to think about the words? This hymn is a joyous celebration of the sovereignty of God and the gift of Jesus. It’s about the Savior’s birth, His saving grace and triumphant return.

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare Him room. Let heaven and nature sing.” In other words, God sent his son at the right time and place, but not how we expected him to come. He came as a vulnerable baby, in the most humble of circumstances, accessible to everyone. Can you receive a King in that way?

If you can, then join all nature in singing for joy: “Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ; While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy!”

Why did He come? The book of Genesis lays out the problem in chapter three when Adam and Eve did what all of us have joined in on: they disobeyed Gods perfect plan by substituting it for what they were led to believe was a better plan – a plan filled with beauty, wisdom and nutrition. That plan led to a curse. “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.”

This baby King offers freedom from that curse. “He rules the world with truth and grace and makes the nations prove the glories of His righteousness and wonders of His love”.

Jesus personified truth and grace perfectly. Grace is undeserved favor and is the hallmark of Christianity. You can’t earn what the baby in the manger came to give. But you must repent and surrender to its truth and change your mind about what is important and how you live from that day forward. Not everyone believes these things, in fact more and more people do not even profess to believe in God, much less the fulfillment of His plan through the baby Jesus. But many people still celebrate the holiday, follow its traditions and sing its carols.

What do you place your hope and joy in – holiday traditions, perfect health and not getting sick, a new vaccine, or perhaps freedoms returned that you may have taken for granted?

The next time you sing along to Isaac Watts’ great hymn, Joy to the World, we hope you stop and think about the simple, profound message it conveys. Our ultimate hope and joy is in our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ!

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy.  Psalm 96:11-12 (ESV)

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.  Genesis 3:17-18 (ESV)

Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The LORD has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD! Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.  Psalm 98:1-9 (ESV)