Author: Kirk Zylstra

Joy born in Bethlehem part 2

This article and the previous one are guests posts by Kirk Zylstra, pastor of Everton Park Church, a Presbyterian Reformed Church in Brisbane. They’re an abridgment of a Christmas message. **** Who is this baby? Christmas is a time of joy. We enjoy family, friends, food, and the fun of holidays. But in the Bible, Jesus brought joy to unexpected people – bad people, immoral people, social outcasts. We saw that in our previous post. How can Jesus bring joy to wicked people? How does he have the right to do that? The angel who announced the good news of...

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Joy was born in Bethlehem part 1

This article and the next are guests posts by Kirk Zylstra, pastor of Everton Park Church, a Presbyterian Reformed Church in Brisbane. They’re an abridgment of a Christmas message. **** The birth of a child brings joy The birth of a child brings great joy. My wife Simone and I have four children. The birth of every single one of them brought us amazing joy. I remember with one of our births, when the child was born I actually started laughing. I think it was an overflow of nervous energy – I was just so relieved that the child was here, and everyone was safe. So I laughed. I was just so happy. In Luke 2:10, the angel told the shepherds “good news of great joy”: the saviour is born. And that saviour is Jesus, born in Bethlehem. But what’s interesting is – in this instance, the joy doesn’t come merely from the fact that a new baby is born into the world (as joyful as that is). It’s got to do with who that baby is, what he’s come to do, and who gets to rejoice in his birth. In this post, we’ll explore that last point – the unexpected group of people who get to rejoice in Jesus’ birth. In the next post, we’ll see how and why Jesus brings them joy. Good news for bad shepherds Luke...

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