“Hail the heaven born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings. Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die, born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth, Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King!” (Hark! the Herald Angles Sing, by Charles Wesley). In three short verses, Charles Wesley gives us a vivid description of the Incarnation of the divine and the wonders of his birth for all humanity and what our rightful response should be upon receiving such good news, “of the new-born King.”
But lest I fall short of my desire in this letter, I can go to many more carols that announce loud and clear that we should be in an attitude of joyful worship and humble adoration, “O Come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.” (O Come, All Ye Faithful). This is the most joyous time of the year because of what happened that night in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing” (Joy to the World).
The carols call us to worship him for that is what happened on the night of the Savior’s birth; it was a night of worship. The shepherds came to bow and worship him. The angels worship him in the heavens and later Wise Men came “and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him” (Matthew 2:11).
The proper response has not changed we are still called to fall down and worship the new-born King! In the midst of the hustle and bustle have you took time to worship the Lord this Advent season? Lay aside all the baggage of the season and find space and time to be in worship with the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
The reality is that on December 26, the world will move on to prepare for New Years Day, but for us, we still have the wonderful opportunity and privilege and calling to be vessels of worship throughout the coming New Year and seek to proclaim the message, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
May you all have a Christ-Filled Christmas!
Rev. Eric Jensen