Carols of Christmas message series

THE CAROLS OF CHRISTMAS :
EXPERIENCING THE STORIES BEHIND THE SONGS
JOY TO THE WORLD

December 17, 2023
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

1. A DEEP LONGING FOR JOY IN THE WORLD.

2. THE BEGINNING OF AN EVERLASTING REIGN OF JOY TO THE WORLD.

A. The Apostle John references the 1,000-year reign of Christ twice.

Revelation 20:4  And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Revelation 20:6  …they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

B. During the Millennial Reign of Christ, Jesus will reign as the absolute authority on the earth.

1. Micah 4:1-2  In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it.   2 Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.”  The law will go out from Zion, the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

2. Isaiah 2:3-4  …The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  4 He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples…

3. He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love. (Joy to the World – verse 4)

C. During the Millennial Reign of Christ, the world will finally know “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”

1. Luke 2:14  Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward all people.

2. Isaiah 2:4  …They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

3. Isaiah 11:6-9  The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.  7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.  8 The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest.  9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

4. No more let sins and sorrows grow,  Nor thorns infest the ground;  He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found.  (Joy to the World – verse 3)

D. Revelation 19:16  On Christ’s robe and on His thigh, He has this name written: King of kings and Lord of lords.

E. Philippians 2:9-11  God has highly exalted Christ and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

All hail King Jesus!

All hail the Lord of Heaven and Earth

All hail King Jesus

All hail the Savior of the world!

3. JOY TO THE WORLD CELEBRATES CHRIST’S ULTIMATE RULE ON THE EARTH.