Isaac Watts’ song, Joy to the World was written in 1719 and based on Psalms 98. He died in 1748 and he is “rolling in his grave” when his song is sung at Christmas! It is not about Christ’s birth but about the second coming. He was probably a post-millennial believer although he could also be A-millennial. He was not pre-millennial. “Joy to the world, the Lord has come, let earth receive her king; let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing!” -no shepherds, no manger, no wise men from the east but a King returning to the earth to rule. Not a Jerusalem rule but an earthly rule. Every heart prepare him room!
Before 70 AD the Jews could sing this song with great anticipation and after 70 AD it was a song of Christ’s rule over all the earth.
The first century church sang, “Oh our Lord is coming back to earth again. Satan will be bound a thousand years, we will have no tempter then, when our Lord shall come back to earth again.”
I am less into Christmas this year, more than ever. I don’t focus on a babe in a manger but a King from on high!!!
JOY TO THE WORLD!!