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Joy to the World: A Hymn of Jesus' Second Coming

How many times have we sung "Joy to the World?" How many different versions do we have on various collections of "seasonal" music? Joy to the world has become one of the most beloved Christmas carols. But it's really not a carol-its a hymn! And it's really not only about the incarnation of Christ, it's also about His second coming!

Do not misunderstand, there's nothing wrong with singing songs about Jesus' birth. We can even do it in December. (This is not an article about the validity of celebrating Christmas...for a good discussion on this topic, refer to Chris Strevel's article in a past issue of the Counsel.) To better understand this wonderful hymn, it invaluable to learn who Isaac Watts was and to remember why he wrote it.