Jesus Our Joy: 3rd Sunday of Advent

by Pastor Roy Esposito

Advent – a time of reflection and anticipation 

Luke 2:8-11  – ”Exceeding Joy.” 

Happiness –  is subjective to your state of mind. It comes from outside yourself and depends on something “happening” that’s unexpected and pleasurable.

Joy  – emanates from within and doesn’t rely on external circumstances.

– The message of exceeding joy was that it was now possible for people to be changed (transformed) from within.

– John 1:4 –  Jesus, the LIGHT of men – the Principle of LIFE  (Zoe) who brought enlightenment to mankind.  – The Transformational Connector to God the Father.

Matthew 16: 25  – “For My Sake”  –  For the sake of the TRUTH

SOUL CONTROL  – being bossed around by automatic emotional responses to circumstances

– Two Choices: 

 1. Keep control – Have to make every decision with incomplete info

 2. Give control to God and receive transformational promises of the New Covenant

2 Corinthians 3:6 –   The LAW kills – The SPIRIT gives life

Luke 5:1-8  – Two Boats   – Our Way / His Way

Romans 2:4 –  God’s KINDNESS leads to repentance

1 John 4:19 – We love Him b/c he first loved us

1 John 4:10  – True repentance is the result of a revelation of God’s unyielding love for us

Romans 12:1-2 – Repentance occurs, transforming us as our minds are renewed

Titus 2:11-12 – Grace is a teacher and leads people to repent

Grace – Does not result in Superficial Behavior Modification but with Permanent Interior Heart Transformation

– “O Christ, my JOY.  Allow us the Joy of your presence that transcends the sorrows of our lives.”