It’s that time of the year again, and the holiday season is of course in full swing. Something about the occasion just seems to bring people from all areas of life together toward a more common purpose- and that is celebrating Christmas. Whether it’s the multi-colored glow of lights beaming from the neighborhood streets, the reuniting with friends and family that haven’t been seen in a while, or the joy of giving gifts to those who you are closest to, it’s important to keep in mind why we truly celebrate in the first place.
The birth of the one true King—Jesus Christ—is the reason for the Christmas season. It almost sounds cliché’ to say that, but the truth is the truth. Personally, I believe there is something innate, something deep down within humanity that causes them to be excited about the anniversary of the birth of the Messiah, King Jesus. Even those who do not serve Him can still feel the benefit of the joy that has come into this planet by the arrival of our Lord. It’s like His very presence having come to earth, which is still celebrated by billions of people each year, has this lasting effect of “holiday cheer” that can only truly come from God Himself. What a wonderful time to reflect on God’s goodness. That is why I love Christmas!
Luke 2:15-16 and 20 says, "So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger… Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them."
When the shepherds came and saw the newly born King, they glorified and praised God. About two and a half years later, the wise men did the same thing. They laid their gifts down and bowed to the Messiah. This was their act of worship. In fact, the word “worship” literally means to “bend the knee and kiss the hand.” Worship is a sign of allegiance, it’s something a person does in the presence of a king. Honor is to be given where honor is due, and no one ever deserved to be honored as much as the Lord Jesus Christ.
As Christmas time approaches, and the busyness of dinner parties and present shopping fill our schedules, let’s be certain to take time and worship our King. Whenever you have the chance, whether at church or even in your own home, it’s never a bad time to drop to one knee, raise your hands to the Lord and tell Him how much you love Him. Bless His holy name. Thank Him. Worship the God who created you and saved you from a life of destruction. Afterall, He is the King, strong and mighty, worthy of the power and glory and honor, and He is the one who Christmas is all about. Find out how just how good Christmas can be when you enter the presence of your King.