HOLY AND UNHOLY JOY
Jesse M. Hendley
There are two outstanding moments, certainly, in the
history of the world. One is the creation of the
world when God flung it into being and created the
entire world and mankind and all that we see and
know. The other was when God Himself came down in
human flesh in order to redeem man.
The Incarnation. That is a Latin word that means that
God became flesh. God clothed Himself with flesh and
walked among us that we might see and know Him in a
wonderful way. There could have been no Cross without
the Incarnation. There could have been no Atonement,
no Resurrection from the Dead, no Ascension, no
Coming Again, nothing of the Gospel without the
INCARNATION. The whole Gospel Story hinges on the
truth of the Incarnation, God coming down among men.
Luke 2:10, "And the angel said unto them, Fear not,
for behold, I bring you good tidings of GREAT JOY
which shall be to all people."
I want to speak to you on the subject, "Holy and
Unholy Joy." The Bible speaks of joy. The Bible is a
Book of Joy, something that brings joy to men. The
Gospel is GOOD TIDINGS, not bad tidings. Christian
people, who know and believe the Gospel and are
saved, ought to be a people of HOLY JOY.
Many people are making merry with a false and
destructive merriment or joy. Time and again we see
in the Bible merriment that is created by strong
drink. We read of certain persons whose "heart was
made merry with wine." At this holy season of the
year there are multitudes of people who drink
wine and get drunk. At times of reverence when the
senses ought to be worshipping God, they are
stupefied with drink, and all sort of sin goes along
with that. The merriment of alcoholic stimulation!
Now the Bible says that wine and lust inflame the
person in a destructive manner. We read in the Book
of Esther about King Ahasuerus. "On the seventh day
when the heart of the king was merry with wi ...
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