The familiar hymn says, “Joy to the World, the Lord has come.”

If you’re like me, you pass over these words as if they were no big deal. But wait a second.

Our God — holy, living, true, glorious, high and exalted — came?

The Word became flesh and….dwelt. among. us?

So, Let earth receive her king. Let every heart prepare him room.

Make space in our hearts and lives for this really real reality: Our God here. This coming has consequences. It requires response. — Heaven and nature sings.

By the way, This savior reigns. While humankind celebrates, so do the fields, rocks, hills and plains.

For the earth, the biggest-news-ever is too much to handle. The earth itself cannot contain the excitement.

While men their songs employ, the creation itself repeats the joy.  Repeats the joy. And repeats the joy. If we don’t celebrate, the rocks and trees would….Of course, this is God we’re talking about. And He has come.

The Savior who came, will also come. We celebrate his Arrival, but we also look forward to his Re-arrival.

Then, not quite yet, but then, sins and sorrows — though plentiful now — will not be able to grow, thorn won’t even infest the ground. Because he, the one who came, brings his salvation and redemption as far as that age-old curse is found.

Because, He — no one else — rules the world with truth and grace. And despite evidence to the contrary — in fact, at this very moment — he is already making the nations prove the glories of his righteousness and the wonders of his love.

Joy to the World, the Lord has come. It’s a gospel song. And it just so happens to be all our hope.

Our God came and He will come. And, in the meantime he comes. In the very ordinary realities of our lives, he arrives.

So let’s celebrate.

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