Monday, December 16th. The Third Week of Advent where we are celebrating JOY.
THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS
"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy." MATTHEW 2:10
Every year people write me saying how much they dread Christmas. Often their complaint stems from how busy they will be, or how much money they will spend.
Did those wise men who journeyed hundreds of miles across the desert to seek out the infant Jesus ever feel that way? After all, it took months to make the arduous trip, and they had gone to great expense to provide gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for the new child.
I doubt it. In fact, as their journey neared its end we read they had “exceedingly great joy.” What made the difference? Their focus was totally on Jesus, the One who would be called “Immanuel, . . . God with us” (Matt. 1:23).
Don’t let this Christmas season overwhelm you. Don’t feel you have to do everything, or go into debt just to impress other people. Focus instead on Jesus. Take time every day to read the prophecies of His coming, and the wonderful story of His birth. Make this Christmas one of “exceedingly great joy”!
(Billy Graham, Hope for Each Day)
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