As we enter the third week of Advent, we are looking at the word joy. The dictionary defines joy as the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Within a definition like that, we would all like to experience success to invoke that feeling in our lives. But when we investigate the Biblical meaning, we can find calm delight, or inner gladness.
Mathew chapter 2 talks about the journey of three wise men from the east looking for Jesus. These learned men saw the star that fulfilled the prophecy about the birth of a baby who was born King of the Jews. These men left their home in search of this child; when they arrived in Jerusalem, they began to inquire about the location of the child. Eventually, their questions reached King Herod and the news disturbed him. “And gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet.” Matthew 2:4-5 NASB.
Herod sent for the wise man and enquired when the star appeared and told them to search and report their findings to him. The star led the way and eventually it stopped over the place where the Child was. Verses 10-11 says, “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And after they came into the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary; and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” These men experienced calm delight or inner gladness; they found the baby Jesus.
Do you want to experience joy in your life? That measure of joy can only be found in Jesus. The wise men knew the scriptures, but it was only when they found Jesus that were able to rejoice with exceedingly great joy. If you make Jesus the Lord of your life, you will be overwhelmed with joy.
Thought for Today: Friend, real joy is found in Jesus.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.