Preparing for a new sport season offers that same expectation. After days and weeks of intense practice time for the games comes bringing SHEER DELIGHT to both coaches and players as their team fulfills the hopes that have been set before them.
The Christmas Story is filled with early-on expressions of SHEER DELIGHT. Here are some highlights:
ISAIAH'S SHEER DELIGHT as he proclaimed that one would announce in the wilderness....
"Prepare the way for the Lord. Make the road straight for him." Isaiah 40:3 NCV
ZACHARIAH’S SHEER DELIGHT when an “Angel of God” came to him with the news that his wife, Elizabeth, who had been unable to conceive a much-wanted child, would give him a son…
But the angel reassured him, “Don’t fear, Zachariah. Your prayer has been heard. Elizabeth, your wife, will bear a son by you. You are to name him John. You’re going to leap like a gazelle for joy, and not only you but many will delight in his birth. He’ll achieve great stature with God. Luke 1:12 The Message
ELIZABETH’S SHEER DELIGHT at Mary’s greeting...
...the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly…and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Luke 1: 41 NLT
THE UNBORN BABY’S SHEER DELIGHT at the sound of Mary’s voice as reported by Elizabeth...
The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears, the babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy. Luke 1:41 The Message
HEAVEN’S SHEER DELIGHT as this baby grew to be known as John the Baptist who not only announced from the wilderness that Jesus was the Christ but also baptized God's long-awaited Son...and the world heard from heaven!
“This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” Matthew 3:17 NLT
May SHEER DELIGHT be yours from the portals of heaven as we adore Jesus Christ our Savior!
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