Day 3 :: Joy to the World

I’m pointing you to one of my favorite versions of Joy to the World this morning.  It’s Joy Has Come (Joy to the World) from Mark Alan.  If you’re not familiar with this artist – well, you should be, he is fabulous!  And this acoustic Christmas album plays frequently in the Christmas playlist rotation around here.

Luke 1:31-33

31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

We left Mary yesterday with the angel Gabriel getting ready to share some news with her.   And what news that would be.  She was going to have a baby!  And not just any baby – Jesus.

I cannot even imagine what is going on in Mary’s mind.  If she was floored by the angels first couple of statements, this news certainly was the whipped cream on top of an unimaginable conversation.  {although it’s a pretty much one-sided conversation at this point…so is that still a conversation?  or a lecture?  no matter}

I imagine Mary knew the prophecy.  {Isaiah 7:14}  She must have known that this was the story.  But I bet she never saw herself being a key character in its fulfillment.  Oh, boy.  The questions that must have filled her thoughts, spinning & twirling inside:  How?  Does Joseph know?  What will my parents think?  Why me?  What will my friends say?  I’m scared.  I’m anxious.  I’m not sure about this.

It’s clear that God’s plan was in motion.  The redemption story was unfolding.  The good new of great joy which should be for all people was beginning.  God was keeping his promises.

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