But the angel said to them,
"Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."
Luke 2: 10,11
On this Third Advent we think about how God prepared the scene for the announcement of his plan. In The Jesus Storybook Bible we read it this way,
" Everything was ready. The moment God had been waiting for was here at last!
God was coming to help His people, just as he promised in the beginning."
Knowing a little bit of the joy of giving and how it feels to have everything ready, I cannot help but feel that wonderful sense of anticipation. God was preparing to give His greatest gift to the world! As we remember the message of JOY that the angels pronounced, what is important is that this message is for all people. For all races, rich and poor, kings and beggars, adults and children. A Savior was born for you and for me.
The joy that God prepared for us, is the joy of receiving His salvation. This joy is not dependent on our circumstances. It is born in our hearts when we accept it.
This Christmas, may we open and receive the gift of joy. A Savior has been born for us! He is Christ, the Lord.