Let’s think about and respond to one of the old Christmas carols. It says “o come let us adore him.” We have celebrated advent this month and lit candles each week that represent hope, peace, joy, and love. These are nothing without a person. There is no hope without him. Any other hope or peace is false or at best temporary. They were all born into the world when Jesus was born. He is the light of the world. I’m thankful to know him as my personal Savior. I have found him to be infallible, immaculate, and true to his word. He is every bit who he says he is. We have changed through the years, but Jesus is still the same.
We’re given an invitation, a question. Look at the setup of the advent on the table. People are on the outside. The gifts the Lord gives us are on the inside with the Lord in the center. These four things—hope, peace, joy, and love—keep us going. They will be with us forever because Jesus is alive. His light won’t go out. His light in us won’t go out.
Matthew 2:1-2 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
The wise men came asking questions saying “where is he?” They saw his star and followed it. They said we are come to worship him. They knew something extraordinary had happened. Heaven gave its approval. The wise men didn’t know what else to do but worship. What have you seen that brought you here? The candles symbolize what we can’t see. By faith we see his birth. Where is the Lord for you? What are you seeing as you look at the manger?
In response several people offered comments. One man said he sees the love of God every day. A woman said God keeps on giving. Mary and Joseph gave. The shepherds gave. The wise men gave. Another person said she sees mercy, compassion and patience. Sometimes we don’t do the right thing. Jesus is there for us. Another sees eternal salvation. Without Christ there would be no need for us to be here. Another sees victory in Jesus and desires that others see their need of Jesus.
Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. That’s determination. God was determined to help us. The wise men were determined. That’s what is missing today—determination. Pray that God will give us the determination we need, what we used to have. Where is he? He’s around us all the time. We just need to reach out and touch him.
One man said Christmas is a special time for families to be together. It wasn’t always that way for him growing up and he’s sorry for hurting his mother with how he acted. It changed after he got saved. Salvation is not coercion as some try to make us believe. We all may have some mental problems going on, but our heart has been fixed. It was fixed when we got saved. Another reminded us we have to keep the Lord in our hearts and minds and be careful of the devil.
What does it mean to adore him? Be enraptured by the wonder of he who is. He is awesome—Wonderful, Counselor. Verse 11 says and when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. They presented him gifts. That means they offered them to him. The wise men gave us a wonderful example. They searched. They found him. Finding Jesus makes a person wise. If we hold onto him, we’ll find it.
The tree is the symbol of Christmas to the world. Think about God’s son in a manger, made by man and nailed together. Jesus came to save people from their sins. That meant he would be nailed to a tree. Thirty-three years later the child that was laid in a manger would be nailed to a tree on Calvary. A tree is just a tree until it is decorated. It created salvation for us. The light of the world hung on the cross for us. The ornaments of salvation can hang in our hearts because Jesus hung on a tree—the cross. The manger and the tree. That’s Christmas.
Let’s gather around these symbols of Christmas—the candles of hope, peace, joy, and love; the manger and the tree and thank God for sending his son. Let’s come adore him.