God Loves with Love
Fountain of All Joy
Jesus said there is joy in the presence of the angels when one sinner repents. The Greek is '˜joy before them' in front of them'. Whose joy? The joy of God Himself is the fountain of all joy. Angels look on and rejoice because He does. They can observe something of His passions and were eye-witnesses when heaven emptied of the adored One. The Lamb, the light of the city of God, came to light earth, His throne vacated by the King gone on a long journey. The denizens of glory knew an experience unknown to them in ten thousand years, hearing the call in the darkness 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' Did they reel, aghast such an impossible moment in eternity?
The '˜secret' is ours. 'the mystery which has been hid from ages and generations, and now is made manifest to his saints, to whom God would make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.'
All Jesus did for us in all these years mixing with people in the squalor of a primitive eastern village and in the blood battle at the end of His life on earth is gloriously and wonderfully translated into the personal experience of everyone who identifies with Him by faith. He suffered for us and by His stripes we are healed. He bore our condemnation and now there is no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus.
He bore our dereliction and separation from God and by the Spirit we are made near to God, by His blood. He became sin so that we become righteous. He became the Son of Man so that we become sons of God. His death brings our life. The mystery of God is performed upon us by the Holy Spirit. The Psalmist said 'I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well.' He is talking about the marvel of his formation in the womb, but the new birth outclasses all natural wonders. It is known only to the Spirit of God.
Christmas '“ what a day! What marvels in the skies, what gladness on earth. Rejoice the Lord has come! What now really matters? God is with us. Immanuel.