Advent Guide: Week 3 Midweek Devotion
December 16 - December 27
Scripture Readings: Luke 2:9-14
By David Hannah, Campus & Teaching Pastor, The Church at Lockeland Springs
“But the angel said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.” Luke 2:10-11
My dad loved Christmas. I mean he loved it. We moved around a lot when I was younger, and every time dad walked in a potential home he would decide where the Christmas tree would go. If there was an obvious spot, the house would be considered. If not, then on to the next one. He would start listening to Christmas music in late September. By the first of November, it was like no other music existed. We had months of Christmas music every year, with thousands of songs by countless artists, but there was one song he always went back to.
Joy to the world
The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King.
It was not my dad’s favorite Christmas song. It was my dad’s favorite song. Period. He loved it so much he used to tell me he wanted that song to be played the day he died. He would play it in late September. He would play it first thing Christmas morning. He would play it on a rainy Tuesday in March.
Let every heart
Prepare Him room
And Heaven and nature sing.
Can you imagine what it would have been like for those lonely shepherds that night? Social and religious outcasts, watching their flock on a forgotten hill outside of a forgotten town when suddenly the sky was filled with angels proclaiming the greatest news of unspeakable joy for the entire world.
Joy to the world
the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods,
rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy.
That night, at that moment, everything changed. Everything. The angels announced the arrival of the Son of God, the Messiah, the Savior of humanity. It remains the most important news in human history. My dad didn’t want to play that song all year long because he loved Christmas; he played that song all year long because, like those shepherds that night, the news proclaimed by the angels changed him forever, and it brought him nothing but joy. Unspeakable joy. Every day of his life.
My dad died two years ago. I cannot count how many times “Joy to the World” played in my headphones that day. I celebrated with him. I still do. All year long.
Build Your Own Nativity: The angels are an important part of Jesus’ story. They shared the good news of His birth with the shepherds. Have you ever had good news to share that you couldn’t wait to tell someone? Imagine how the angels must have felt to get to share with the shepherds that the King of Kings had been born! As you add an angel to your nativity scene, talk about some good news that you are excited to share.