Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12:2
When we think of joy, especially at Christmastime, we tend to think of the celebration of Christ’s birth, but without the cross, there is no joy, is there?
Consider the words from the writer of Hebrews in the verse above. Jesus saw beyond the pain and humiliation of the cross. He knew his sacrifice and resurrection would provide joy for Him through those who are redeemed.
I am reminded of the words of the psalmist –
And this familiar passage:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.John 3:16-18
Where do you find true joy at Christmas? Start by recognizing the purpose of God’s plan of redemption and experience joy.