Luke 2:8-20

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3).

Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water (John 4:10). . . Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become to him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (v. 13-14).

In Leviticus 9, Aaron and his sons had just made atonement for the sins of the Israelites, the fire of God’s spiritual blessing falls, “[a]nd when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown” (Leviticus 9:24).  Jesus Christ’s atonement for our sins should bring unspeakable joy to our hearts so that we say with the psalmist:  “Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!  Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation” (Psalm 95:1).

Long ago the heavenly angels rejoiced at the announcement of Jesus’ birth and the shepherds glorified and praised God (Luke 2:13, 20).  

The good tidings of great joy the angels proclaimed that day was much more than Jesus’ birth.  It looked ahead to God’s perfect plan—His sinless life, which qualified Him to be God’s sacrificial Lamb, and anticipated His crucifixion to atone for all our sins. 

Celebrate His abundant goodness and joyfully sing of His righteous salvation (Psalm 145:7).

Have you thanked the Lord today for your salvation?  (Psalm 35:9).  God goes into the depths of our inner being and provides His peace and joy that the world cannot give us or take away—that’s eternal security!  What inexpressible joy!

  “Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3:18).  We lack nothing when He is our all.

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2, NKJ).

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!

Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;

Redeemed through His infinite mercy,

His child, and forever I am.—Fanny J. Crosby