The third candle represents the joy that we have at the birth of Lord Jesus.
Lord Jesus came to this world to fulfill Mosaic Covenant.
Through HIS shed blood on the cross Lord Jesus became one time sacrifice for sin.
The greatest joy of human history is a Savior was born at Bethlehem for all people.
Today all believers in the Lord rejoice and glorify God as the humble shepherds did.
Our joy is multifold because our Lord is coming back one day for the CHURCH.
That night was not just an ordinary night by any standards in and around Bethlehem.
Ordinary winter night in Bethlehem transformed into an extra-ordinary night because Creator God became a little baby in a manger.
Mary knew that this child is a king to sit on the throne of David, but she didn’t know how.
She also knew that this child was born to her while she was still a virgin and will be called the Son of the Most High.
She did not how this could happen but she knew that this birth was supernatural
No religious Scriptures ever recorded “good news of great joy for all people” in the human history
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; HE is the Messiah, the Lord.
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
The angel announces the good news of great joy to all people.
The angel tells the place Bethlehem where this child is born.
Then the angel declares that HE is Messiah, the Lord.
The angel tells where to look for HIM in the city.
God chose a stable to be His birth place.
God chose a mange rto be His cradle.
God chose only the shepherds to know His birth.
God chose humble, social outcasts, the shepherds to visit this King of Kings and Lord of Lords for the first time before anybody knew about it.
Shepherds clearly understood that this must be great news because an angel from heaven came to tell them in the middle of the night.
17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
Angels never told them to go and see the baby.
The impact of the visit of angels and the good news was so great on their mind that they left the flock for brief moment to run to Bethlehem to see the baby.
They found exactly as it was described to them.
The humble shepherds were the first evangelists to announce the good news of a Savior to the whole world.
What a privilege God has given to them.
Today we are given a privilege and great opportunity to share the great news with others.
Our joy is not in the things we buy or receive during Xmas season.
Our joy is in sharing the good news of great joy with others that a Savior in Lord Jesus Christ.
May you all have the joy of the LORD in your hearts.