25 Days of Christmas – Come Let Us Adore Him
a·dore: 1. to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor.
2. to pay divine honor to; worship: to adore God.
3. to like or admire very much: I simply adore the way your hair is done!
Origin: 1275–1325; <;;; Latin adōrāre to speak to, pray, worship
Jesus is born! We celebrate Christmas because He is the Reason for the Season! I love the hymn “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”, especially the chorus which states, “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ The Lord”. This was the attitude of the shepherds in Luke 2:20, “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”
When the angels told the shepherds the Good News that Christ was born in Bethlehem, they went with haste to see this baby in the manger. It was more than a curiosity, they raced to Him with awe and expectancy. After all, the angel did say that this child came for them. No one gave them much notice, but God sent His angels to tell them! God sent angels to tell them His son was born for them! So they rush off to see this miracle, this Savior. When they arrive, they see a baby in a manger. And they adore Him!
What comes to your mind when you hear the word adore? When my son was born, I adored him. He was so beautiful and perfect. And mine. I was his mom and life for us both was changed in that moment. I would sit for hours with him in my arms, adoring him. But the adoration the shepherds had for the newborn Jesus was so much more than what I had for my child. It included love, respect, honor, and admiration. But it more closely resembled the second definition listed above; to pay divine honor, to worship God. Worship!
The shepherds stood in awe of this child, God in the flesh. The angels said that this child was God’s son and they knew He would save them. And because this was God’s son, they worshipped Him. They had been taught all their lives to worship God. And the meeting with the angels definitely upped the ante. The passage in Luke gives us this lesson from the shepherds: they rushed to Bethlehem to accept what God had given them, they rushed to announce what they saw and heard to everyone, and they rushed to adore (worship) God. There was a sense of urgency in all their actions that night. Their responses were immediate. How do we hold up to that? God gives us the same Good News. Do we have the same response? This Christmas let us truly worship the Savior. Let us respond as the shepherds. Let us not take the message of Christmas in stride but take it with new urgency and truly adore Him!