Pastor Taiwo Odukoya of The Fountain of Life Church (TFOLC) says joy is the essence of the Christmas season.
The Senior Pastor of the TFOLC said this in his message on Sunday, December 25, 2022, which was also Christmas Day.
Taking his text from Matthew 2:10, Luke 1:28-31, the preacher told the congregation that joy is the central theme of Christ’s birth, noting that the good tidings of joy are the focus of the gospel.
“Everything about the gospel is joy,” he added.
Interjecting his message with Christmas songs, Pastor Taiwo mentioned that Christmas is joy, noting that everything about the gospel is good tidings of great joy.
“Anywhere the gospel is introduced, we expect joy to take over,” the cleric said, referencing Acts 8:7-8 when the disciples preached to the unsaved.
He further cited Matthew 2:10, a chapter that runs through the Christmas story and establishes the Christian life. According to him, while certain issues may make people slide into sadness, Christianity and the gospel bring them to light.
“Christmas has come to tell us to rejoice; there is a clear message that Christmas gives; fear not, rejoice!” the preacher added.
“That is what it is all about. We have too many things to make people depressed and sad in life. But I thank God that you are a lighthouse,” he said.
Pastor Taiwo, therefore, urged them to shine their light so much that the world would see and be transformed.
“So, let your light shine before men. They need it. So that they can observe your good works and what will happen? They will glorify God,” he added.
Earlier in the service, the congregation engaged in a prayer session where they thanked God for the gift of salvation. The choir equally led the worshippers in carols, praises, and worship as Fountaineers marked this year’s Christmas in grand style.