top of page
  • James Pate

It's Christmas!!!

Good news of mega joy

It’s Christmas!!! Ok, who is old enough to have just heard Noddy Holder?*

I’m told that some people have up their decorations even earlier this year. We need to do something to cheer ourselves up, don’t we?

Let’s get out the decorations!

This Christmas, let’s see beyond the decorations to the real joy. The message from the angels is “good news of great joy.” The word for ‘great’ is ‘mega.’

Good news of mega joy.

Mary is told to rejoice. That’s the word normally translated in Luke 1:28 as ‘greetings,’ but it means ‘rejoice.’ It’s a form of the word for ‘joy.’ What else are you meant to do when an angel tells you that you are highly favoured? By the way, the word usually translated as ‘highly favoured’ is also a form of the word for ‘joy.’ If I may make up a word, Mary is told to rejoice because the Lord has ‘joyed’ her.

Many years later Jesus’ disciples would see their risen Lord and not believe it because of joy and amazement. Jesus would open their minds and they would worship him with great joy. Yes, it’s that word ‘mega’ again. They worshipped him with mega joy.

So - it’s Christmas!!! Good news of mega joy. Your saviour is born.

May God joy us this Christmas. With mega joy.


In his love

James


* If you’re not, he was the lead singer of Slade who released ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ in 1973.

11 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Your work is not in vain.

Dear friends Your work in the Lord is not in vain. You may or may not recognise the bit of the Bible I am quoting, but that’s not the point just now. I want you to think of something you did for the L

Funerals and faith

I was once asked to take a funeral for someone who was not a believer. The family made it clear that they were not asking for a Christian funeral. They were looking for a service with no prayers or hy

How do we do mission?

Dear friends How do we do mission better? It’s possible that it’s time for you to take on a new project, but I don’t want to press that one for now. Instead, here’s today’s question: how do we do miss

Comentarios


bottom of page