Joy to the World
The message had its beginnings a long time ago when an angel told shepherds in the field minding their sheep near Bethlehem “I bring you good tidings (news) of great joy which shall be to all people.”
The reason for the announcement? “Today a Saviour is born, who is Christ the Lord!” – an event predicted centuries before.
Today, people are still called upon by all ways and means possible to express great joy in the significance of Jesus’ birth on that first Christmas. Jesus’ message, His purpose and His work were to change the world – from despair and sorrow to joy and hope.
The hymn-writer Isaac Watts wrote the Christmas carol ‘Joy To The World’ in 1719, with a stirring tune inspired by Handel. The first verse reads:
Joy to the World; The Lord is come;
Let Earth receive her King:
Let every Heart prepare him room,
And Heaven and Nature sing.
This year, we once again present Stable On The Strand as a graphic celebration in sight and sound of the events of the first Christmas.
‘Joy To The World’ is a simple phrase, but is a theme full of excitement, meaning and promise for all. We are invited to think about these tidings of comfort and joy.