“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”” Luke 2:13-14 NKJV
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This month we have talked about Christmas and celebrating the birth of Jesus. First we were waiting with joy for the birth of Jesus. Then we imagined how we would adore the Lord Jesus. Today we are going to acclaim Jesus, our Savior. Acclaim is a difficult word to understand. It means “to welcome or praise someone or something” in a strong, usually public, way with “shouts or sounds of joy and approval”.
For example, think about your favorite sports team, band, singer or celebrity. Do you acclaim them? Do you give them praise or shout out encouragement or strongly cheer them on or joyfully sing along with them? Do you offer a standing ovation (standing up and clapping)? These are ways we can acclaim someone or something. If we acclaim these people, how much more should we acclaim Jesus, our Savior, and His birth?
Just like in the Christmas story in Luke, we should join with the angel and the heavenly host and shout and sing praises to God. We should give glory to Him and to His Son, Jesus.
Acclaim the Lord!
Jump for joy that Jesus Christ is born.
Sing like the angels, that long ago morn.
Stand and clap your up raised hands.
Stomp your feet, approving God’s plan.
Welcome Jesus with joy into your heart.
Let the Christmas celebrations start.
Sing to the Lord in thanks for His love.
Raise cheers all the way to heaven above.
This Christmas day, remember to acclaim the Lord Jesus as you celebrate His marvelous, wondrous birth so long ago. Praise Him and thank God for His amazing love. Merry Christmas! Enjoy sharing it with your family.
Blessings and Christmas joy!