“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” Luke 2:20 NIV
“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11 NIV
Now that we have re-focused on Jesus and revived our anticipation of Christmas, let’s look at our next response to the birth of our Savior. Adoration. Adore means to love, respect, honor, be devoted to, worship. To quote a favorite Christmas carol, “O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
God’s unfailing, unending, unwavering love for us, for all of us, is fulfilled in Christmas. God’s gift of love to us is Jesus. The shepherds on that first Christmas saw and adored the newborn King and returned to their fields praising and glorifying God. The wisemen bowed down and worshipped and adored the Christ child and gave to Him their most valuable treasures.
How can we adore our God and Savior this Christmas as we celebrate His birth?
Love came down to live and give light to our broken lives.
Jesus, God with us, gave us the example toward which we strive.
We bow our heads and raise our hands to exalt His holy name.
We rejoice in forgiveness and mercy, leaving behind our shame.
Jesus gave up His glory to be born into a humble human home.
Immanuel shared God’s gift of love and mercy as earth, He roamed.
We fall on our knees and clasp our hands, giving Him room in our hearts.
We humble ourselves to serve others and so our service to Him starts.
This Christmas season, let’s demonstrate our adoration for our Lord Jesus. Let’s allow our love to overflow to others. Let’s respect and honor our Lord by respecting and honoring all those He loves. Let’s devote our hearts to Him and worship Him always.
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me as we continue to celebrate Christmas with the adoration of our Lord Jesus Christ.