Christmas: A time to worship Jesus Christ as King Of Kings
Today, as the world celebrates the birth of Christ, it is important to highlight one purpose of Christmas, which is, to unite the world in the worship of Christ.
The birth of Christ was heralded with supernatural happenings that were symbolic. In Luke 2:8-20, we read about the angelic visit to the shepherds who were watching their flock by night. This visit is important. First, the visit points to the class of people God chose to reveal the birth of His son. Shepherds were humble men of the society. That God chose to appear to this class of people means that Jesus came for the poor in spirit. God chose to announce the birth of His son to a people who would easily acknowledge His son; a people who would not feel threatened by His birth.
The second significant event was the supernatural happenings that followed the announcement. We read in Luke 2:9 thus, “And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.” The ‘glory of God’ referred to here was possibly the Shekinah presence of God. Imagine how the shepherds would have felt seeing the sudden appearance of the glory cloud around them. The third development was the announcement of the birth of Christ. “For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.” That announcement, though first made centuries ago, is being re-echoed today to all mankind in all nations – A SAVIOUR is born to the world.
The fourth significant event was the sudden burst of angelic praise and worship declaring, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” After all these, the shepherds left in a haste to confirm what the angels had told them. And when they had gone, they proclaimed to all and sundry what was told them about Jesus. Though not explicitly reported, we have cause to believe that when these shepherds saw Jesus, they must have worshipped Him.
Luke also reports in chapter 2:25-35, of two other people who joined in the worship of Jesus at His birth. The timing of their worship of Jesus was “when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law.” Simeon came to the temple at this time to bless Jesus and praise God for fulfilling his promise in sending a Saviour. The same with Anna, a widow who came to the temple in that instant to “give thanks to the Lord, and spoke of him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”
The visit of the wise men from the East was another significant event that attended the birth of Christ. The nationalities and the exact number of the wise men that visited is not known, but of significance is the fact that these men followed the leading of a star to trace where Jesus was born, in order to worship Him. Their visit represents God’s intention and plan that people from all nationalities should worship Jesus Christ. When they saw Jesus, they worshipped Him with the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Thus, with the birth of Christ, God united people of diverse background and nationalities to worship His Son, Jesus. This represents what God intends for all of humanity to join together in acknowledging the Lordship of Jesus as King of kings. This is what Christmas is all about.
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