By: Rev. R.A. Beesley
“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, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).
Two of the Gospels give to us an account of His birth.
Here we have the familiar story of the wise men who saw a star that led them to the place of the birth of the Lord Jesus.
There lived in the eighteenth century a talented and devoted servant of the Lord. This man continues to speak a gracious word to those who will listen. His name is unknown to man. He is only known to God. Yet, the devotion of his heart and work of his mind continues to invite a world to come to the Saviour. I am referring to the unknown author of “O Come All Ye Faithful.”
O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant.
Come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the king of angels.
O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him,
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.
In our modern secular society we have almost completely commercialized Christmas. We are confronted with the real peril of letting Santa Claus and all he represents steal away what is precious. He may take the place in our thoughts that should be given to Jesus Christ, whose birthday we celebrate. Let us respond positively to the request of the chorus of the song of the unknown poet who has been with our Lord for over two centuries.
Come, Let Us Adore Him Because of Who He Is
A. Jesus came to us in the fulfillment of prophecy.
B. Jesus was God, the Eternal, the Creator, the Almighty clothed in human flesh.
The words of the great song, “Down From His Glory” expresses the feeling of adoration I have in my heart.
“O How I live Him, how I adore Him. My breath, my sunshine, my all in all.
The great Creator, became my Saviour, and all God’s fullness dwelleth in Him.”
The great fact of the Lord’s incarnation is told in II Corinthians 8:9. This scripture shows the majesty Jesus came from, and the misery to which He came to save us.
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”
And again, the words of this song spring to mind:
“What condescension, bringing us redemption. Our God and Saviour came and Jesus was his name.”
Come, Let Us Adore Him Because of What He Dared To Do
A. He clothed Himself in human flesh.
John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Revelation 19:13, “And he was clothed in a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called the Word of God.”
B. Jesus truly loved the unlovely. He dared to give Himself fully to ministering to the outcasts:
* The publican
* The sick
* The lepers
* The prostitutes
* The Gentiles
C. He took upon Himself the burden of guilt and sin of the whole world. II Corinthians 5:21 states, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
D. He entered the chamber of death itself to free us from its power. Hebrews 2:9, “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
Come, Let Us Adore Him Because of What He Has Accomplished
A. He completely conquered death.
Revelation 1:18, “I am he that liveth and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
B. He revealed to us the reality of immorality.
II Timothy 1:10, “But is now made manifest by the appearing our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought immortality to light through the gospel:”
Jesus Christ is worthy of our adoration. He is worthy of our loyalty. He is worthy of our trust. As the wise men of old fell down before Him in adoration and worship, so let us worship Him in spirit and in truth. “O
Come Let Us Adore Him.”
(The above material appeared in the December 1992 issue of The Pentecostal Messenger.)
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