Joy to the world

The Savior is come!  Even more, He’s promised to return, to “wipe away all tears.”  In the meantime, we carry on, representing the King until He appears.  As we do, we get the occasional glimpses of the eternity that lies ahead of us.

Like this:

Scripture seems to show that Heaven is full of music, of praise to God.  The world may look at these children as ‘disabled,’ but it’s been my experience they usually have an enviable hold on the innocent joy that we all should have.  This video reminds me of a young girl in my church’s children’s choir.  She doesn’t have the voice of the little girl in the video, but she radiates joy.  She sways to the music, with a look on her face of perfect contentedness.  It’s a blessing simply to watch her uninhibited enjoyment of music, the language of Heaven… the language of joy:

And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
    from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
    and they shall reign on the earth.”    Revelation 5:8-10

Christmas isn’t just about the arrival of a baby.  It’s a remembrance of a rescue mission – one promised at the very beginning of the world, once sin had gained sway.  The child who lay in the manger would die an equally ignoble way — but would then be resurrected and glorified by His Father in fulfillment of the promise of a redeemer.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come.  Let earth receive her King!

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