December 6, 2013 - Fullness of Joy
By Stanley H. Frodsham
"Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people" (Luke 2:10, KJV).
The Christmas message is one that dispels fear and brings joy. Not joy for a few, but joy for all. Not joy for a little while, but joy for all time and for all eternity. For the angelic announcement tells of the birth of a Savior, one who came to save us from our sins.
The angel announced to the shepherds good tidings of great joy to all people, and heralded the advent of Him who later was to make a full and complete atonement, not only for Israel's sin, but for the sins of the whole world.
No wonder we shout. Our very being is thrilled with the glory as we think of our Savior's accomplished work. Oh the unspeakable joy of knowing that God sent this little Babe, born in that rough Bethlehem stable, to be the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Has not your spirit rejoiced in God your Savior as you have read those glorious words of Hebrews 1:3, "when he had by himself purged our sins"? Atonement is an accomplished fact. How joyful should we be to know that our High Priest, this unspeakably wonderful Savior of ours, has come forth and all our sins are purged away?
Surely God would have us all living in the joy of these good tidings. There is joy this Christmastide for all people. I have found the place of all true pleasure and all lasting joy. David tells us the secret of this place in Psalm 16:11: "In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." This is a good place to spend Christmas; nay, it is a good place to take up our permanent residence.
— Adapted from "Fullness of Joy" by Stanley H. Frodsham, originally published in the December 23, 1922, Pentecostal Evangel.