Joy to the World

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive Her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing!
Is this song stating the truth or is this just a nice religious song that we’ve come to associate with Christmas season?
Read with me Isaiah 9:1-7 again. Now turn with me to Daniel 2:44, and listen to Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4:34-35. Who did he see as King over the earth?
If the Bible is true, and it is, and if God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, and He did, and if Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament law and prophets, and He is, and if Jesus Christ has received all authority in heaven and on earth, and He has, then the words of this song are not only true, but need to be proclaimed throughout the earth!
When will the earth will receive her king? Jesus Christ, the Son of God is Lord! Is this true? Does the church live in the full awareness of this truth? Let’s review some scriptures that tell us this and that may produce deeper faith in the reality of God’s reign as King through Jesus Christ His Son.
Genesis reveals our beginnings. God created us in His own image and likeness and blessed us and gave us authority to rule over this planet, did He not? How did humans come to be so powerful that we control so much of what happens here on this earth? Who gave us this position and authority? The Bible tells us that God, who is both creator and ruler of the universe has placed us in this position.
But we have fallen into sin. We have rebelled against the King. What did God, the ruler of the earth do? Genesis 6-10 tells us how God judged the sinfulness of humanity by a world wide flood that wiped out all but eight human souls. That looks a lot like God is ruler over the earth, does it not? He created us and He is over us and He judges us.
After the flood, as the human population increased, we stayed together and tried to build a name for ourselves and a tower that would reach to heaven. Bad idea. God scattered humanity all over the place, giving us different languages so that we became divided nations. It was God that created nations. God established governing authorities. From the Bible’s perspective God is over all these, is He not?
Genesis 12 tells us about how God called Abram and promised this man, Abram that God would make Abram’s name great, and would bless Him and bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him, and then God promised this: All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
Let me read that one more time: All peoples on earth will be blessed through you. Those words of promise to Abram, God stated again and again. In Genesis 22, God tested Abraham, telling him to sacrifice Isaac, his only son, the son he loved, as a burnt offering to the Lord. Abraham in obedience to God, the King of the universe, the one who had given him Isaac in the first place, went to do what God commanded. At the last minute, when Abraham was ready to sacrifice Isaac, with knife in hand, God stopped him. Then God blessed Abraham again, this time with an oath: Read it with me – Genesis 22:16-18.
God’s blessings to all nations are extended through this promise God made to Abraham, because God is King of the earth. The rest of the Old Testament follows the line and family of Abraham and how God, who rules over all as King, brought about the nation of Israel and the kingdom and line of David. Look with me at 2 Samuel 7:11-16.
Look at Psalm 47.
Isaiah 6:1-5
Isaiah 9:1-7
Isaiah 34:1-4, 35:3-10
Daniel 2:44, 4:2-3, 34-35
Zech. 14:9
Matt. 28:18
Acts 3:17-26
Romans 13:1-6, why do we respect and submit to governing authorities? Because they are God’s SERVANTS!!!! God is OVER all governing authorities! God is King of the universe. America has a King! And it is not Trump, the supreme court, nor the constitution of the US. The King of all nations is Jesus Christ. He makes them rise and He brings them down. It may take a while, in our eyes, but He knows just what He’s doing and does it according to His own Holy purposes, to accomplish His ultimate glory and will.
Listen again to this week’s reading of Eph. 1:18-23.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing!
Christians, hear me! We are His people, given His name and commission to take His gospel to all nations. This task will require us to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness. It will require us to join in His saving mission by sharing the gospel with all we possibly can. It will require us to be servants who live like Jesus in humble service, but bold proclamation of God’s kingdom. It will require us to suffer for His name’s sake and endure rejection and even persecution for Him.
Jesus said it. Whoever would save his life will lose it. But whoever loses his life for my sake will keep it to eternal life. Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life. Our King invites us to join Him in eternal glory, if we are willing to join Him in temporal suffering for Him and His name here.

Joy to the World