Great Joy in that City
A Sermon on Acts 8:8
So there was much joy in that city. (ESV)
Is it wrong to seek after joy and pleasure? Those pursuits are nothing new to humanity as mankind chases after lasting happiness in art, music, and drama. This pursuit of pleasure and joy has become even more prominent in modern times. But as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains with Acts 8:8, man’s pursuit of pleasure is often driven by sinful desires and passions. This is seen in rampant drug usage, wherein men seek to escape the ills of the world by numbing their minds. This is in complete antithesis to Christian joy that is brought by the Holy Spirit and the redemptive work of God in their lives. This is the only true joy, and it comes from the Gospel of Jesus Christ that alone can transform this world, not as an escape from the world’s problems. It comes from believing the truth about the world, oneself, and God. It is real joy that comes from being at peace with God and having eternal life in Christ Jesus. This is the joyful message that the church is to bring to the whole world: though men are sinners in rebellion to their God, God has sent his only begotten Son into the world to pay the wages of our sin and provide the only way of salvation!