December 11, 2016
Advent 2016


What is JOY? It is the recognition of Grace, which is favor; completely unmerited, completely un-earned, freely extended toward someone or something that does not deserve it. God, in the incarnation of Jesus Christ, brought Grace near to us. Psalm 146, Isaiah 35 and Luke 1:46-55 point and name that God’s action – coming to earth as a human being, putting on human flesh – is the fulfillment of God’s promise and an act of grace. Jesus’ arrival brings life to the unprotected and vulnerable, and that is the reason for our joy. We cannot experience joy if we haven’t experienced grace, and we cannot experience the fullness of God’s grace if we do not also embrace the way of Jesus, which is the way of suffering. Suffering and pain are not the final definitions of our identity or titles to be sought in an effort to earn God’s favor but they are provide opportunities to recognize the grace that has already been extended to us in Jesus Christ.

Bible References

  • Psalm 146:1 - 10
  • Isaiah 35:1 - 10
  • Luke 1:46 - 55