1Yr-About-Ps-Barry-Pastor“I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.” Luke 2:10. After Adam and Eve disobeyed God, joy was lost.  God expelled them from their garden home to prevent something worse from happening.  If they had eaten from the tree of life after eating from the tree of Knowledge of good and evil, they would have lived forever in their misery. Life outside the garden was not easy.  Adam and Eve had to work hard for their food.  The reality of death was everywhere, and animals preyed on one another.  Even worse, the couple’s firstborn son murdered his younger brother.  What could be worse? Sin had pierced their lives.  But God had a plan to restore joy.  Joy was lost in the Garden when death came, but joy returned through a birth – the birth of God’s own Son. Jesus grew up to heal the sick, give sight to the blind, and raise the dead.  But this was just a taste of things to come.  God entered our world, experienced our sorrow, and conquered death, giving us hope that He will keep His promise to end pain, and eliminate sorrow and death. No wonder Christmas is the season of joy!  The joy of Christmas is Jesus.