Taking Time to Adore Him
Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
A Savior is born. He’s surrounded by shepherds in a stable. Mary and Joseph are there. Angels sing in the heavens of His birth. Wise men seek Him.
It’s hard for me to imagine the scene, even though I’ve grown up seeing Christmas plays, movies, and nativity scenes. It’s hard to capture all the emotions in the stable that night: hope, love, joy, fear, awe.
Normally I’m not very contemplative at Christmas. I enjoy the lights, the music, the extra rest, the gifts. I hear the messages and read the Bible story. But I don’t contemplate. I don’t take time out of my kind-of-but-not-really busy schedule to look back on the first Christmas. I don’t consider—like Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds—baby Jesus lying there in the manger.
But I should. Because Christmas is about worship.
Christmas is about broken humanity looking into the face of God and discovering true forgiveness. Christmas is about a relationship restored between God and man. Christmas is about sinners falling to their knees before a holy God. Christmas is about realizing that God has come to dwell with man. Christmas is about worshipping the Christ-child, the Messiah.
It’s so easy for me to get caught up in the traditions of Christmas instead of worshipping Jesus. Because as long as my eyes are focused on the lights and the gifts, they won’t look down in hope and awe at the baby who rests in the manger.
So this Christmas, one of my goals is to take time to worship Him, to adore Him. I want to be like the shepherds, who after seeing Jesus in that stable, “returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them” (Luke 2:20).
Merry Christmas, friends!