Welcome Him! Worship Him!
Christmas is more than a temporary season of celebration. It’s the unfolding of the epic drama of God reaching to us, becoming a person like us. In doing so He remained fully God and fully human. It will take a lifetime of Christmases for us to understand what that means when God appeared in the bed of straw as a helpless baby.
A child was born and the world was forever changed. The glorious impossibility had happened. God became involved in humanity in an unexpected way. Angels appeared to the least likely people announcing the heavenly birth announcement. Magi from far countries brought gifts.
This small child entered the world, leaving the glory of being at God’s side, and became one of us.
(Jesus), being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians 2: 6-7 NIV
He took our sin so that we might be reunited with God and have eternal life.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God did not send his Son in to the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-017 NIV
The Word came flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NIV
Scenes of worship punctuate the Christmas story. Mary praised God when she was at Elizabeth’s home (Luke 1:46-55.) Zechariah opened his mouth in worship after being silenced by God (Luke 1:68-79). The shepherds glorified and praised God for all the things they had heard and seen (Luke 2:20). The magi journeyed to bow and worship him. (Matthew 2:11)
Such a magnificent story of God’s love breaking the silence and appearing in history! So many people missed it because they looked for something else. They didn’t look to welcome a baby that would bring redemption.
How can we respond to the wonder of this story? Worship. The shepherds and magi left their ordinary lives to look in the manger and worship. We can follow their example by remembering to pause and worship in the busyness of our lives.
Will you join me in worshiping the newborn King in the manger?
Come and worship, Come and worship, Worship Christ the newborn King!
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Previous posts in the Words for Christmas blog series: Prepare for Christmas; Simplicity in Christmas; Christmas Peace, Not Chaos; Wonder at Christmas; Expectations at Christmas, True Hope,Traditions at Christmas, Presence at Christmas, Pure Love, Redemption, Born at Christmas, Christmas Joy