"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." (Luke 2:10)
The first time the word "joy" was mentioned in the New Testament was in connection with the birth of Jesus. The Bible says the Magi "rejoiced with exceeding great joy" (Mt 2:10). The angels rejoiced! The shepherds rejoiced! And it seemed that the only person on whom there was a negative impact was Herod. Although the Bible spoke of Him as a "man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief" (Isaiah 53:3), the primary purpose of the incarnation was to bring about a transformational change in humanity. A sin-sick world, ravaged by all the ills that one could think of, was badly in need of hope, hope in the form of joy. And he wanted to give "full joy" (John 16:24) and not half-full.
Our Christmas sermon this morning delivered by our local Pastor was based on Luke 2. The sermon was entitled "To see what the Lord has made known to us" based on v. 15. It was a wonderful sermon. I have been truly blessed.