During the Christmas season, you don’t even have to go to church to hear the message ringing in the air: joy to the world. Originally, that phrase was tied to the birth of Jesus, but these days most are hoping to find joy in the gifts, the food or the time off from work. However, those pleasures often don’t bring the lasting joy we’re searching for. Joy to the world is a promise from God that’s available to all and in this teaching series we’ll discover how to receive it!
The angel’s declaration to the shepherds was of “good news of great joy” available to everyone! What is this news that produces such great joy and how does a person access it? Embedded in the ancient story of the shepherds’ encounter is the path we can still take to experience a life of great joy.
Jesus’s manger wasn’t a meaningless detail or a mishap by Mary and Joseph. That old, wooden trough actually tells us something about God that we all need to hear and it reveals something about ourselves that Jesus came to restore.