14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
The Word became flesh, not just a word but The Word. The Son of the almighty God, the second member of the triune Godhead, humbled Himself and came as a baby, to grow, fulfill prophecy, die on a cross to pay the penalty, and redeem us from the debt that made us slaves to sin, and rise again. The God of heaven and earth loved us this much.
Just as the Shepard’s found the baby Jesus, and worshipped Him showing adoration towards Him, we are also called to give Him all adoration. Adoration is “The act of paying honors to a divine being; the worship paid to God; the act of addressing as a God.” (Noah Webster) We do not just respect or acknowledge the existence of Jesus, but we are called to worship Him with all we have.
We are told that the very heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1), that if we do not worship Him the very rocks will cry out in praise (Luke 19:40). When we realize the magnitude of what God did, for each one of us, how can we not worship Him with all we have. We owed a debt to sin that we could never pay, the only payment was our death. Christ, by being born and living as the spotless lamb, took our place. He was beaten, tortured, mocked, and eventually killed yet He looked at the very ones that placed Him on the cross and prayed, Father forgive them. (Luke 23:34)
As we reflect on the gift that began at Christmas and echoes, still today, throughout the lives of every Christian, we cannot help but bow in worship. We cannot hold back but we must give all we have in worship to Jesus.
Lord, I thank you for Your gift to us. I thank you that we are able to worship you with all we have and that Father you walk with us. I thank you that our debt was paid, and we can now live in the right relationship with the almighty, sovereign God. Let our worship and our adoration be pleasing to You. I pray we never waver or falter God but that we continually worship you with all we have to give, and we magnify Your name among all people! We thank You that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, and tongue confess that You are Lord! Guard our hearts and our minds through this Christmas season and always keep the reason for celebrating this season at the front of our minds. In Jesus’ name.
- The Chosen Christmas Special, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paOjgZZDads&ab_channel=TheChosen
- Reformation Study Bible ESV