Joy to the World: A Biblical Worldview for Your Family

Worldview can be an intimidating topic to discuss, let alone teach to your children. But this does not have to be the case. A biblical worldview is best presented by concepts that are clearly and easily grasped. Such is the case with the Christmas carol, "Joy to the World." Let's look at each of the hymn's four verses and see how they combine to offer a compelling worldview that brings honor to God. The first verse focuses on the blessing that Jesus Christ has come to be our King. Isaac Watts' Christmas carol, is one of the most beloved of all the Christmas hymns. The words to this hymn (at least the first verse), are known throughout the world. This hymn is a call to joy. But what is there to be joyful about?

For Watts, the joy is based upon the Advent of Jesus Christ. The King of Creation was born as a baby, to live a life that would accomplish the rescue of multitudes of lost souls. The only fitting response is joyful submission to the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Apart from the rule of Christ, man is hopelessly lost, a slave to his own misguided and failed attempts at self-atonement. Watts' carol brims with joy, and a call to bow before the one, true King.

[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press. Also read Parts 2, and 3, and 4 in this series.]