by Tamera Lynn Kraft
Advent is a Latin word meaning coming. We use it at Christmas to show Christ’s first coming as a baby in a manger. When Christ came to Earth the first time, there were two reactions: joy and anger.
Joy: Christmas is all about joy. One of the most popular songs of the Christmas season is Joy to the World. Joy is a natural reaction to the coming of Christ.
The angels were joyful.
Luke 2:10-14 ESV “And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,’Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’”
The shepherds were filled with joy.
Luke 2:20.ESV “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”
The wise men had great joy.
Matthew 2:10-11 ESV “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.”
Anger: Not everyone was filled with joy at Christ’s coming just as not everyone is joyful when Christ is offering to come into their lives today. some reacted in anger.
Herod tried to kill Him.
Matthew 2:16 ESV “Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.”
The Pharisees did kill Him.
Matthew 12:14 NIV “But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.”
Then He rose again. It should not surprise us some react to Christ in anger and rage. It has always been that way, but the reason for the joy of the Christmas season is found in Isaiah 9.
Isaiah 9:2-3, 6-7 ESV
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon[d] his shoulder, and his name shall be called[ Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
The Christ who came at Christmas as a baby wants to come into your life today with abundant joy.
I wish you a very Merry and Joyful Christmas this year!