Christmas: An Act of Worship
Written by Brenda Earley on December 3, 2018
‘Tis the season for holiday traditions, memories of yesteryear tucked into the recesses of our mind and stowed away in the special places of our hearts. ‘Tis the season for holiday gift giving, Christmas caroling, and hot chocolate making. The wonders of this season bring a sparkle to every child, one to ninety two, right? But in all the hustle and bustle this holiday brings, I want to pause and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. So will you sit back and breathe in the most holiest of nights with me?
It all began on a Silent Night. Really? Think. Shepherds, all seated on the ground, watching their own sheep bleating to their own rhythm. And then angels, all those angels, heralding the Savior’s birth. Not very silent, uh?
Shepherds were to follow the sign: a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes away in a manger. Now when they found the babe, they glorified and praised Emmanuel, God with us. (Luke 2:20)
It seems Three Kings were all bearing gifts as they followed a star to the place where the Messiah was. On bended knee, they rejoiced and worshipped Christ, the King. (Matthew 2:10-11)
What would it have been like to get a front row seat at this special delivery? Would we have responded in the same way as these shepherds or wise men? Would we have rejoiced and worshipped the babe, now that the prophecy had been fulfilled?
Why not this Christmas, among the tinsel and lights, fall down on bended knee and worship the babe in the manger, Who would one day be our Shepherd and King? Just like the angels, God is inviting us to come, seek the One Who came, and bring our gifts of worship as an offering of sacrifice to the King. (Psalm 119:2; Deuteronomy 12:5-6, 11)