“And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.” Luke 1:14 (KJV)
The human race is plagued with joy-killing doubt and disbelief. For example, how do some folks react when we talk to them about Christ today? Many are defensive, doubting and disbelieving.
In Luke 1: 11-17, Zacharias is surprised by a visit from the Angel Gabriel, who announces that he and his wife Elizabeth will have a child in their old age.
How did Zacharias react in his heart? With doubt and disbe- lief instead of joy, gladness and rejoicing. Can you just hear Zacharias thinking, “What? Are you crazy? Us, have a baby at our age? How can this be!”
But, “with God, nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37). Shortly after Gabriel’s visit, Elizabeth became pregnant. Six months later, Mary, newly pregnant with the Christ child, visited Elizabeth. The future John the Baptist rejoiced inside Elizabeth’s womb, jumping for joy.
How do we approach the Christmas season? With drudgery as we go about Christmas shopping, entertaining and wrapping gifts or with joy, gladness and rejoicing because of the real meaning of the season? “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
Lord, please help us to believe in your Holy Word and trust in your promises so we can know true joy, gladness and rejoicing.