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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Come and Worship

Matthew 2:2 (ESV)
Saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

Angels from the realms of Glory
Wing your flight o’er the Earth
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim the Messiah’s birth
Come and Worship
Come and Worship
Come and Worship
Worship Christ the Newborn King

Christmas is a season for reflection on worship, and we’re called to come and worship the newborn king!

This wonderful worship song, “Come and Worship” depicts a two-fold action.

1.) Come
All are invited to come and approach God.

2.) Worship
This is an act of reverence. An act of praise.

Much of Jesus’ ministry was surrounded by a flurry of people who were always coming and going. The Gospels depict many wrestling with their obligations and desires before committing to following Jesus.

For example, one man wanted to bury his father before following Jesus (Mt. 8:21-22), while another wanted to say goodbye to their family (Luke 9:61-21). The Gospels also depict a man described as a “rich young ruler” who couldn’t bear to give up his wealth to follow Jesus (Mark 10:17-27).

All he encountered were invited to come and follow Christ, but many things got in their way – distractions that seemed noble, such as a burial or even informing one’s family they were leaving. Make no mistake, the logic behind their reasons not to follow Jesus seemed reasonable. But no matter how appropriate their reasons for not immediately following Jesus seemed, in the end they missed out. The greatest opportunity ever – to come, follow and worship the King – passed them by.

However, we also learn in Matthew 2 about three wise men (magi) who did not pass on the opportunity. They traveled from very far to come and worship the newborn King. They dropped everything in their homeland and traveled a great distance to meet the infant Christ. They had long awaited this opportunity and left behind their lives to come and worship.

This season, I hope we can all commit to be more like these three men, who came and worshipped the newborn King. Let’s be willing to drop everything if need be – the shopping, the cleaning, the busyness – and worship Jesus Christ. It is a simply astonishing and unbelievable reality we celebrate every December 25th, that the Word left his perfect dwelling place within the Trinity and came down to this earth and sacrificed everything to restore us back to him. This is the Good News. This is why we celebrate Christmas!

Dear Lord, lots of things grab our attention, things that seem to be good and worthy of our attention. Help us to let you be our number one priority and our joy. Thank you for being so good to us! In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

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