#632: O Come, All Ye Faithful



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Reflections by the Pond
December 1, 2013

The call to worship, be it corporate or private, is a holy component of a life of faith. For faith demands devotion; we cannot believe and trust in Christ Jesus without offering Him His due obeisance.

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him."

Matthew 2:1-2

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

When we behold Him, we love Him. And the first way to love God, even God in flesh, is to worship Him. This is why the magi came to the Child; this is why they searched Him out: to worship Him. The second reason they came to Him was to give to Him.

After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Matthew 2:11

There were others that night who answered the call to worship the Christ Child. In fact, in their adoration was the joyous announcement of His birth.

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."

Luke 2:13-14

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation!
O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

The Christ Child brought love with Him. Because He was all of God, God undiluted, He brought with Him the love God has for the elect. The holy Babe was not just the expression of God's love, as we might express our human love with a kiss, He was God's love for man embodied.

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 4:9-10

Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger,
We would embrace Thee, with love and awe;
Who would not love Thee, loving us so dearly?
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

When we answer the call, when we come and bow down before our Savior and Lord in unembarrassed and unreserved adoration, it is then we come to full realization—the immensity—of our salvation in Him. This is beyond the ken of mortal man. This is other-worldly. That holy God would voluntarily take on the same flesh of man, presenting Himself real and touchable yet pure, could only have been orchestrated in the glories of heaven. That there could be a love so sublime, so utterly unselfish, as to depart those glories for a lowly stable—and a cross—this, this is why we answer the call to worship Him.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

John Francis Wade