If you don’t like Christmas this blog may not be for you . . .
“O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ, the Lord.”
This famous Christmas carol (or hymn, whatever) calls on God’s faithful to come and behold Christ, born the King of angels. These faithful of God are identified as joyful and triumphant. Why? Joyful, because we were made (and redeemed) to glorify God and enjoy him forever. (Westminster Shorter Catechism, Answer 1) Triumphant, because God has given us victory over sin and death through Christ Jesus. (1 Cor 15:56-57)
If we are Christians than we ought already be joyful and triumphant. This is at the very heart of the good news of the Gospel. That Christ has already triumphed over sin and death, reconciled us and the world to God, and has brought us into communion with him.
But let us be honest. There are still days we fight for joy. There are days that we are tempted to take our eyes off of Christ and his victory. There are days when we are suffering for Christ’s sake or are being disciplined as sons for our sin, and so we don’t feel or appear entirely triumphant. In this sense, we are still searching for joy and triumph, every minute of every day. In another sense, we are actively growing in joy and triumph, as we watch God’s Kingdom advance on earth as it is in heaven. The Christian life is one of a constant stride towards joy in Christ and triumph over sin, in every area of life, all by the power of the Spirit.
And so there, that explains the blog name. Joy and triumph. Two things I strive after. (Plus, www.joyfulandtriumphant.com was already taken)
I am here to write because I want to become better at it. Writing is also supposed to be good for you. So welcome.
I am a husband and father of three. My current work is in healthcare administration, but I am also a wannabe historian/teacher and am also working on my digital media skills. Theologically, I am of the reformed variety, covenantal, presuppositional, optimistic about the future, evangelical, and love God’s Law and historic worship – in no specific order.
Glorify God & Enjoy Him Forever
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