Exceedingly Great Joy!

Joy to the world, the Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

Merry Christmas, dear one!

Do you remember how John the Baptist called for God’s kids to prepare the way for the Lord? (Matt. 3:3). Jesus was about to show up, and they needed to get their hearts ready. Well, today is another one of those days. The Savior of the world is about to show up in the celebration you hold with your family… so let your heart prepare Him room!

“Then the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people’” (Luke 2:10, NKJV, emphasis mine).

The angel’s announcement two thousand years ago is gloriously timeless. These good tidings of great joy are for you, today. Joy to the world – joy to you – the Lord has come! I am reminded of the spontaneous response of the wise men when they finally located the One they had been long seeking.

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy (Matt. 2:10, NKJV, emphasis mine).

Matthew was so intent on expressing the concept of their exuberant joy that he used three different redundant Greek words in this bolded phrase. These men were absolutely overflowing with jubilation.

That’s because the news of Jesus’ arrival into our world, to save us of our sins, is the best news there ever was. Jesus was the fulfillment of their longings. They had been searching so long for Him! He is the fulfillment of our hearts’ deepest longings too. So, in the midst of all our celebratory activities today, let’s make sure to take a pause… prepare Him room… and rejoice with exceedingly great joy! The Lord has come!

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Note: This blog will be taking a break for the next week so the author can rest and enjoy family time. I love you all! See you in the New Year. 🎄🎁💖😁

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Have you intentionally made space in your heart for joy and rejoicing today?

36 thoughts on “Exceedingly Great Joy!

  1. Oh, absolutely! This Christmas has been the best–I’m overflowing with gratitude and joy…I’m so aware of His Presence, and yet I just hunger for more. His goodness, His love is beyond defining. His mercies are new every morning, and His blessings more than meet our needs–God’s supply is never short, never ending. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas ❤

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      1. 🙂 ❤ You're most welcome–you know the Bible says if we don't testify, the rocks will cry out praise to Him; so I'm not going to let the rocks be louder than I am, haha!!

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  2. Guten Abend

    Die Freude ist
    dass die Große Mutter
    sie die eine Seele
    uns unser Leben
    auf der Erde
    uns geschenkt hat

    unser Herz
    schlägt ihr
    zum Dank
    bis zum letzten
    Atemzug
    wo sie uns wieder
    zu sich in ihre
    Arme zurücknimmt

    Herzliche Grüße
    Hans Gamma

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    Good evening

    The joy is
    that the great mother
    she the one soul
    us our lives
    on earth
    gave us

    our heart
    beat her
    to show appreciation
    to the last
    breath
    where she take us again
    to herself in their
    Takes arms back

    Best regards
    Hans Gamma

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      1. Zum Neuen Jahr wünsche ich Ihnen viel Freude, Glück und Segen.

        Die Worte, die ich da schrieb, waren mir durch Sie, von irgendwo gegeben.

        Herzliche Grüße
        Hans Gamma

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      2. Good day

        I think
        the tabernacle
        is in the heart
        in all people
        the one soul

        Jesus Christ
        the savior
        it’s for me
        man
        as god
        in me no
        event
        cannot be experienced

        You the dignity
        which all people
        without anything
        have to believe

        Best regards
        Hans Gamma

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      3. Good day

        Jesus Christ was human
        who says of himself
        he was god
        same with the father
        and the holy spirit
        who made him virgin
        conceived in his mother
        born in Bethlehem

        I praise the great mother
        whose children we all
        Woman, man or child
        we are you

        I wish you
        the peace
        that she with God
        make a Wish
        and have

        Best regards
        Hans Gamma

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      4. Good day
        Jennifer Arimborgo

        I cannot know your God in your soul. May your God grow in you as the God of peace.

        No such being has never revealed itself to me in my heart, not even through any conversion.

        May your God reveal Himself in your heart every day. It is a deserved grace that you can speak of Him to me; because your God loves you and you him so much.

        Best regards
        Hans Gamma

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      5. Dear Jennifer Arimborgo

        Jesus Christ is no longer there, his words, through the instruction of his witnesses, in his tradition his slaveons, never convinced me in my heart.

        I looked for the Redeemer, every day in me, from without, his faith remained in me, in himself, that he was God to us, for the forgiveness of our sins, it was his way and does not have to be mine.

        I want to bear my guilt of sin, my cross, for myself without Jesus Christ.

        Your God must love you and you love him, I can’t say anything about that.

        It is important that you believe in Jesus Christ and what he has promised you in your soul.

        I don’t give up anything, my life is a gift to me.

        Best regards
        Hans

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      6. Dear Jennifer Arimborgo

        I think your God is your greatest blessing, he is with you every day of your life.

        It is very important that he loves the good people who really and truly can believe in him, the one God. What a mercy.

        Your god will never give up on you, never. Because you can ask something and pray from him.

        I thank you with all my heart, with my soul, that you have made so much “effort” about me.

        Let it be for you the very best on earth that can be given to a person.

        Best regards
        Hans

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      7. Dear Jennifer Arimborgo

        Thank you very much for your answer. I think it is important that you seek dialogue with your God on a daily basis.

        May your God bless you, live in all your thoughts, live in your heart, and talk to you every minute.

        Best regards
        Hans

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      8. Thank you so much, Hans, you are absolutely right about this! He does, and it makes my life so beautiful. He has come in so close, my favorite moments of being alive have been when alone with Him in deep fellowship. I am truly blessed by this desire from you for me.

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