“. . . wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.””
Christmas has come to mean many things: family, love, gift-giving, service, celebration, joy, and more—all worthy expressions of a multifaceted event. But one expression of the meaning of Christmas, central to the birth of Jesus, is often overlooked today: worship.
When the wise men from the East journeyed to verify the birth of Jesus, their stated reason was worship: “For we . . . have come to worship Him.” They had a sense that something world-changing had happened: A King worthy of worship had been born. And when Simeon, the godly saint in Jerusalem who was looking for the Messiah, first held the baby Jesus in his arms, he “blessed [praised] God” in a beautiful prayer of praise (Luke 2:28-32). At the first Christmas, worship seemed to be the first response of those who saw the newborn King.
Much has been added to Christmas since then, especially culturally. May we remember to include worship, personal and corporate, as we celebrate the coming into the world of the One who is worthy to be praised.1
1Taken from David Jeremiah’s Daily Devotional