Luke 2:10 – But the angel said to them, do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.
This is used many times as a Christmas verse. Today when I read it the words “GREAT JOY” jumped out at me. What is great joy?
1 Peter 1:8 – Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy.
Great joy is inexpressible joy, triumphant (has a meaning of triumph and victory) joy. Is your life filled with such joy that it is inexpressible? If not, you are not full enough of God and His truth!
Joy is a part of the kingdom of God. It is a fruit of being controlled by the Spirit of God. I see very few Christians full of joy except maybe occasionally in a worship service at church. Why is this? I think we are so trial and trouble conscious that we miss the foundational truth that true, real, overflowing, outwardly-manifested joy is at the heart of the Gospel. Our doctrine has been wrong in this area, and we need to adjust to the Word of God. The coming of Jesus is GREAT JOY to all of the people. The coming of Jesus is GREAT JOY to YOU!
Romans 14:17 – The kingdom of God IS…righteousness, peace and JOY in the Holy Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 – The fruit of the Spirit is love, JOY peace…
Romans 15:13 – Now may the God of hope fill you with all JOY and peace in believing so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
His kingdom IS joy, full and overflowing joy in the Holy Spirit. Not having joy in your life is an indication of not being full enough of the Holy Spirit. When He fills you, you WILL HAVE JOY!
Psalms 16:11 – You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
There is JOY in His presence, fullness of joy. If I abide in His presence, I have fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore!
1 Thessalonians 5:16 – Rejoice always. We are to rejoice ALWAYS. This means to never not be rejoicing.
Jesus Has Joy
Hebrews 1:9 – …God, [even] Your God (Godhead), has anointed You with the oil of exultant joy and gladness above and beyond Your companions.
Jesus had more joy than those around Him. Our God is not a sad God. He is a joyful God! Jesus wants the same joy He had in us. He desires that our joy be FULL. What is full joy? Joy that is full isn’t just an inner emotion. It overflows into your life and through our life manifested in some sort of action.
John 15:10-11 – Obey His commands – remain in His love. He told us this that His joy may remain in us and that our joy may be full.
John 16:24 – Ask and receive and your joy will be complete.
John 17:11 – Jesus prayed that I might have the full measure of His joy within me.