Faith Baptist Church of State College, Pennsylvania

'Tis the Season

            “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!” (O Come, O Come, Emmanuel)

            “Joy to the World! The Lord is come…” (Joy to the World)

            “And my heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus; there is room in my heart for Thee!” (Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne).

            “…Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you the Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”  (Luke 2:10, 11)

             “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”  (Philippians 4:4)

            Seeking to obey the Biblical imperative, let us reflect upon the meaning of “rejoice in the Lord” by calling to mind some well-known Scriptures germane to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

            First, it means that we rejoice in WHO THE LORD IS.  He is the “Son of Abraham and the son of David” (Mt. 1:1) being also the “Son of God” (Mt. 2:15; Lk. 1:32, 35; 3:38).  Jesus is “the only-begotten God” (Jn. 1:18) “Who became flesh” (Jn. 1:14) and, thus, is “Immanuel” (i.e. “God with us” Mt. 1:23).  He is “the Savior, the Christ, the Lord” (Lk. 2:11).  He is the “horn of salvation” (Lk. 1:69) as well as “God’s Salvation which He has prepared in the presence of all the peoples” (Lk. 2:30, 31). Jesus also sits on “the throne of His father David” (Lk. 1:32) as the Davidic King.

            Second, it means that we rejoice in WHAT THE LORD DOES.  He revealed the glory of God as “the only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (Jn. 1:14).  Jesus has “explained Him (i.e. the Father)” to man (Jn. 1:18).  He was born to “save His people from their sins” (Mt. 1:21).  He “shepherds His People Israel” (Mt. 2:6).  Jesus “reigns over the House of Jacob forever” (Lk. 1:33).  He “shines upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death” (Lk. 1:79).  Also, He is the “light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of God’s People Israel” (Lk. 2:32).

            Third, it means that we rejoice in WHO WE ARE IN THE LORD.  All who “receive Him…believe in His Name” (Jn. 1:12) are part of “His people” whom He saves from their sin.  Let us rejoice that He satisfied God’s judgment upon our sin when He, the “Lamb of God” (Jn. 1:29), was sacrificed for sin once-for-all.  Believing upon the Lord Jesus as our personal Savior we receive the gift of God’s salvation from the penalty, power, and one day the very presence of sin!  We are a forgiven and free people whom God calls His beloved children (I Jn. 3:1) all because of Who the Christ of Christmas is and What He has done for us.

 Thanks be to God

            I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Lord God for such a dear church family.  Also, I thank you for your demonstrable and endearing love toward me and my family.  We so desire that you and yours would enjoy a blessed Christmas season in the Lord Jesus!

In Christ,
Pastor Drew