Come and worship
"Come, let us bow down and worship him; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!" Psalm 95:6.
This is the call of Christmas. To come and worship. This is the common theme through the story as told by the gospel writers Matthew and Luke. Let's take a look at the passages.
"The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them." Luke 2:20. Shepherds were men of low esteem in Ancient Israel. They were regarded and looked at as less than. And yet, God delivered His grand message to these men before anyone else. You can imagine the scene. A couple of dudes minding their business and then a bright light, a gleaming presence followed by a "host" of angels. That's a lot. They delivered that great message. And then notice the response of the shepherds. Upon seeing the Christ child, they went back and worshipped. They glorified God for what they had seen!
The angels praised the Lord as well! The message was proclaimed and bam! A ton of angels descended on the scene and "and suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men on whom his favor rests." This grand message, on which angels long to look, caused those that dwell in God's presence to worship.
Let's not forget the Magi. Those wise men that looked for the Savior. "After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him." Matthew 2:9. They had followed the star from a distant land. And when they came upon the place where the Child lay, they laid all science aside. All earthly wisdom no longer mattered. They fell to the ground, and worshipped. They gave gifts. They rejoiced in what they had seen.
This time of year is not simply to remember the Christ child and His birth. It is to see the wonder and glory of what God has done. It is to fall down in worship, to prostrate oneself before the Father in adoration and praise. It is to tell what you have seen and experienced in Jesus. So don't just sing the songs. Don't just enjoy the lights, the sounds, and the smells of the season. But use all of these things as an opportunity to draw you to worship. Glorify God this Christmas season.
Come join us this Sunday night, December 9th, and lift a song of praise to our Lord! It will be a wonderful night of worship at Second! Invite some friends for cocoa and cookies at 5pm and in the Atrium and then stick around for worship at 6! It's going to be epic!