Can you think of times in your life when you experience pure, unadulterated joy?
One of those times for me was when I graduated from the Air Force Academy. The annual picture of graduates tossing their hats in the air, while the Thunderbirds zoom over, surely is one of the iconic symbols of joy in our county.
I got to experience that with Jana, my folks, and my sister. After four, long years filled with opportunity, challenge, homesickness, and so much more, it was pure joy.
Jana and I got married six weeks later.
Our boys came along eight and ten years later, respectively.
I hope you’ve had a few moments in your life like that.
The Bible has a number of famous songs of joy that give us insight into ultimate joy. One of the greatest is Mary’s Song in Luke 1:46-55, expressing the joy of Mary as she starts to grasp what the baby she’s carrying will do: Right every wrong. End every injustice. Satisfy every hunger. And not just for Mary, but for everyone, everywhere.
Pure cosmic joy.
But what if our greatest joys in this life are just fleeting glimpses of the joy God has prepared for us?
That’s the claim of Christmas. Christ was born for this.