Joy to the World by Johnny Hunt

Joy to the World
Johnny Hunt
Luke 2:8-20


INTRODUCTION:

Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the world! The Savior reigns;
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love.

This song was written by Isaac Watts in approximately 1719, and later some parts and phrases were used in George Frederick Handel's beloved, The Messiah, first performed in 1742.

Isaac Watts intended this song of rejoicing to be a New Testament expression of praise, based on Psalm 98.

As one of the most joyous of all Christmas Hymns, this carol omits references to shepherds, angelic choruses, and wise men. It emphasizes the reverent, but ecstatic, joy that Christ's birth brought to mankind. For centuries hearts had yearned for God to reveal Himself personally. At last it happened as ''the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.'' The entire Advent season should be filled with solemn rejoicing as we contemplate anew God's great gift, providing the means whereby sinful man might live eternally.

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! And as a result...

I. THE JOY OF REDEMPTION. Gal. 4:4-5

''But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.''

A. SEEN IN ATONEMENT.

2000 years ago, Jesus was born into this world to fulfill the law perfectly in His life and bear its curse in His death.

''born of woman'' - Paul's only direct reference to Jesus' virgin birth. This emphasizes Jesus' full humanity and His full deity. Je ...


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