3rd January 2013

The Real Source Of Gladness

“You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased.”
Psalm 4:7 (NKJV)

Christmas is a time of festivity and rejoicing.  But often the real source of gladness is missing from these festivities.  At this time of year we often focus on the material aspects, the food and drink and gifts, the parties and the socialising.  Very much like the second part of our headline scripture.  But this is not the source of the gladness mentioned in that scripture.  Actually these things are set in contrast to the real source of gladness.

So what then is the real source of gladness?

It is the real meaning of Christmas; Jesus, the one whose birth we remember and celebrate at this time; Jesus, the son of God, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross.  This is a joy, the source of gladness, that goes far beyond the impact of the around and about.  This is something quite different and it is available to all.

This Jesus, the Son of God, invites us to join him and to enjoy this same joy.  He came to earth to save us from ourselves, to give us a hope that will carry us through the difficult times and ultimately grant us eternal life.  All he asks of us is that we believe.  Believe he is the son of God who came to offer himself as an acceptable sacrifice on our behalf.

So what happens if we believe and accept him as our saviour?  He begins to live in us and because of that we begin to share all that is in him. We will begin to view life very differently and live in a new way.  The things said of Jesus will also be true of us, some now and some in the future.

Notice this from the book of Hebrews: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of your kingdom.  You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions.” (Hebrews 1:8-9)

When we read the story of Jesus and all that he had to bear, it is amazing that he was able to face all of this with joy.  That is the new kind of life we can share in him; a life of inner joy and gladness in spite of our immediate circumstances.

Father in heaven, thank you for the love that caused you to send your Son for our salvation.  Thank you that Jesus can be the source of gladness even in our sometimes difficult and painful circumstances.

Study by David Stirk

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