Do you ever tire of constant bad news, or news about potential catastrophes that that could impact your life? Yesterday on the radio they were saying western nations are once again potential targets for Christmas-time terrorist attacks. If in the grip of greed, mega-corporations pursue profit at any cost, whether environmental or human destruction. Millions of average Jane- or Joe- citizens would cheat on their taxes if they could get away with it (the IRS has stepped up audits 11% and is recovering huge amounts of money), or we squirrel away money in offshore tax havens: no one is righteous, we all act out of self-interest. The curse of sin has corrupted everything.
Any yet, while we were still sinners, angels announced God was sending the Rescuer to make his blessing flow everywhere: far as the curse is found!
Joy to the world! the Lord is come:
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns:
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy.
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness,
And wonders of his love.