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DEC. 20 | Hope and Joy

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people’” (Luke 2:10).

If you’ve ever watched an episode of the sci-fi show “Doctor Who,” you know that the Tardis is his magical spaceship, allowing him to travel through space and time. You also know that on the outside, the Tardis is just an old-fashioned phone booth; but whenever Doctor Who brings a guest aboard, they are amazed that inside it’s a vast ship filled with control panels, lights, and other mysterious things. As his guests look around in surprise, the Doctor always acknowledges with a smile that yes, “it’s bigger on the inside.”

The same could be said of that swaddled infant more than 2,000 years ago. To look at Him on the night that divinity invaded humanity, you would just see an ordinary baby being born to a poor, young mother in a humble barn. But we know better. The hope of salvation and joy for all people was born that night. Somehow, the God of the universe was contained within the smallness of an infant – and He was definitely bigger on the inside.

Today, as we consider the place of both hope and joy in our Advent season and Christmas celebration, let us look on our Savior with the same wide-eyed wonder that the shepherds experienced that silent night when the angel startled them with the shocking announcement that the Messiah had come. Let us allow our imagination to journey with the shepherds to Bethlehem to “see this thing that has happened.” Let us once again invite the Savior to live in our hearts and take control of our lives – and when we do, we become bigger on the inside as well.

God not only entered our world, He enters our lives as well and that is the reason we can sing “Joy to the World,” even after all we’ve been through in 2020. That is the reason we have hope in the midst of trials, stress, and loss. Because God is in us, we continue to grow and become “bigger on the inside” – so much so that we can’t contain it. We must sing for joy and tell the Good News to anyone who will listen.

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