“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
Last week we talked about seeing Jesus in Christmas and waiting with joy as we prepare to celebrate His birth. This week we are going to talk about adoring Him. Adore means to love deeply, to honor and respect, to be devoted, and to worship.
Imagine that you are with the shepherds out in the fields with their sheep near the town of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. It is dark and quiet; the sheep are resting. All of a sudden an angel appears in the sky, and the glory of the Lord is shining all around you! How do you feel? Are you scared? I would be. But the angel tells you, “Do not be afraid,” because he is bringing good news; that Jesus, the Lord, the Messiah, the Christ is born. Do you go with the shepherds to find the stable and the baby Jesus with his family? How do you adore the baby Jesus?
Now imagine that you are journeying with the wisemen from the east. You travel at night so that you can see the special star in the dark night sky. Your whole group excitedly follows the wisemen on their search for the king that has been born in Judah, “the king of the Jews”. You arrive in Bethlehem and your travels are finally over, the star is stopped over a small humble home. Mary and Joseph welcome you in to see Jesus, a young child. Would you go into the home to see Jesus? How do you adore the young boy? What gift have you brought to give Jesus, God with us?
The shepherds and the wisemen travel to see Jesus. They show love, respect and honor, they worship Him as the Messiah and the Christ. They adore Him as God’s Son and Savior. And you get to imagine what it might have been like. You get to think about adoring the baby Jesus. But how can you “adore” Christ this Christmas? Can you sing a song for Him? Can you draw a picture of baby Jesus on that first Christmas? Can you give Him your love? Can you devote time for Him?
This Christmas choose to adore Jesus, God with us, born so long ago but still with us today in our minds and hearts. Draw a picture of your imagined trip with the shepherds or the wisemen. On the back draw how you can adore the Lord Jesus this Christmas. Share them with your parents and family.
Christmas blessings as we adore the Lord!