Saturday, December 4, 2010

Come, Let Us Adore Him

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Come, Let Us Adore Him

Oh, come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
Oh, come ye, oh, come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;
Oh, come, let us adore Him, oh, come, let us adore Him,
Oh come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
Oh, sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;

“Oh Come All Ye Faithful” is one of my most favorite Christmas hymns. It is a song that reminds us of how joyful we are to be in exalting the Lord for sending His son, Jesus Christ. In Luke 2 where this song has it’s origins, the Shepherds encounter the angels glorifying God in announcing the coming of Jesus. The shepherds say to one another following the surprise visit “Come, let us go and see what the Lord has told us.” After adoring the little Savior in tattered cloth, it says that the Shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard. Ha! I picture the shepherds running off into the evening doing those “side kicks” in the air with inexpressible joy with the fact that they had just seen the face of the Word made flesh!

My prayer for you as you sing this hymn in preparation of Christmas Day, that you do what it says. The title of the hymn can be cut into three sections: “Come.” Jesus Christ invites everyone to “Come follow me,” in countless passages in the New Testament. If you have not accepted Christ as both Lord and Savior of your life: I encourage you to drop what you’re doing; stop living this life for yourself, working for your salvation by ‘being good’ and surrender it all to Christ. Second, “Let us” is plural! The phrase “let us” appears to imply a group of people you’re among. Once you’ve surrendered your life to Christ, you are no longer a lonely out-cast, rather you are a part of the body of Christ! Ah! What a blessing it is to be a part of the family of God; to serve the Lord alongside brothers and sisters; to run alongside and battle sin that so easily entangles us. Are you making an effort to be a part of a group of people that are striving after Christ? Take a moment and reflect if you would be a part of a “let us,” in this chorus.

Lastly, “Adore Him.” Adore. Adore means to worship or honor; to regard with loving admiration and devotion. Oh how it is my hearts plea that you would join me in simply admiring our Lord Jesus Christ and what He has done for us on the cross. How do you think you would have reacted if you were one of the Shepherds visiting the Christ child? I do not think anything would be able to destroy the gaze I would have upon the face of Christ. I think I would be so fixated on the eyes of my precious Lord Jesus and stare into them knowing that He, even as a tiny baby, has enough power to calm the seas; to cause the earth to tremble with merely an utter of His voice and to conquer sin and death. Take a moment and truly adore Christ today—and everyday from here on out.

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