JESUS IS OUR JOYStella Dhinakaran

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!    (Philippians 4:4)

The Dhinakarans Dearly beloved, Lord Jesus came to the world to grant the gift of salvation to us.

The angel of the Lord came to the shepherds in their fields and announced the birth of Lord Jesus Christ: "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10,11).

We are getting ready to celebrate Christmas. For many, the joy of Christmas seems to be wearing new dress, feasting on a variety of tasty dishes and making merry with friends. In the lives of many, this joy is seen only during the Christmas season. On other days, this joy is not evident in their lives.

But the Bible says, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). Yes! God sent His Son, the gracious Lord Jesus, as a man into this world so that we might rejoice every day of the year. Shall we consider a little the various ways in which we can experience this joy?

A few days after Lord Jesus Christ was born as a baby, His parents took Him to the house of the Lord. There a man of God, Simeon and a woman of ripe old age rejoiced greatly on seeing the Child Jesus. That woman’s name was Anna. She was a 84 year old widow and a prophetess. She did not depart from the house of the Lord, but served God with fasting and prayer night and day. On seeing the Child Jesus, she rejoiced and gave thanks to the Lord and spoke in prophecy of Him to all around her.

Yes! What a great blessing it is to see Lord Jesus! Anna had that blessing. The question may arise in you also: “Will I have the blessing of seeing Lord Jesus?” Thomas, the disciple of Lord Jesus said, “Unless I see Christ, I will not believe that He has risen.” What did the Lord do then? He showed Himself to Thomas and said to him: “Stop doubting and believe" (John 20:27). "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:29).

Dearly beloved! When the burdens of this world oppress us, we cry in anguish: “I have none to help me.” But the Lord will surely grant His presence to those who seek Him. This prophetess Anna- though a widow- did not languish in grief that she had no husband. Instead, she clung to the Lord’s feet. She who became a widow while very young, cleaved to the Lord’s presence alone till her ripe old age. So the Lord granted to her the blessing of seeing His Son, Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us also examine our own lives. In what ways do we seek the Lord? Do we look for Him only in our troubles? We sing the song: “Prayer is life, Prayer is victory.” But how is our prayer life? What is prayer? It is our free and frank talk with God. It is a great pity that many people say how they feel sleepy as soon as they begin to pray. It is because they do not know how precious it is to talk to God.

Dear friend! In this world everyone may forsake us. But your beloved Lord, who is all the time watching you, will never forsake you. The more closely you cling to the Lord, like Anna of old, and spend your time in His presence, the more He will fill you with His presence. The light of Lord Jesus Christ will ever shine in you.

Prayer:

Loving Lord Jesus,

You are my Saviour. You came to the world to give the gift of salvation to mankind. I thank You for saving me by your grace. I earnestly seek your presence. Fill me with your presence. Give me the grace to behold your glory. Let my heart rejoice in your salvation.

In Your matchless name I pray.

Amen.
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