21st December 2016

‘Oh, Come, Let Us Adore Him…’

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 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.’”
Matthew 2:1-2 (ESVUK)

If it were possible to get a bird’s eye view of the earth as it spins along on its orbit around the sun, our feathered friend would see that there’s a lot of worshipping occurring everywhere on our fair globe. It would observe that many people are obsessed with the rich and the famous, with film stars, pop idols, sports stars, and a whole myriad of celebrities of some sort or another, all of whom seem to acquire the devotion of followers.

But our Super-bird circling earth, being a very intelligent and analytical sort, on seeing this expression of reverence and adoration for others, would have realised that all those who were held up as worthy of worship had something in common: they were all flesh and blood – they could be seen or read about and their lives followed closely through all the world’s media.

God knows that we have trouble with setting our hearts on what we cannot get hold of through any of our senses. Even in our worship of the sacred we have a pull to be able to view what we worship and we create idols that we can see. Look at the Israelites: after being miraculously and dramatically rescued by God from Egypt, they preferred to fashion a shiny gold statue of a calf to worship as their god rather than the God they could not see – blithely ignoring that fact that their new ‘god’ was constructed out of their own gold ornaments.

But, of course, we know that God did send someone we could see—his Son. However, our first sighting was not someone who was powerful, influential or at all impressive.   The Son of God was just a helpless baby. There was nothing about this small child to make him seem worthy of worship. He could have been just one of the many Jewish babies that were born that day to parents of no note. He could only be distinguished by revelation. So the shepherds had a startling visitation by an angel and a heavenly choir to alert them to the baby’s importance. To galvanise his chosen representatives of the gentile world into action, God put a sign in the heavens, because that’s where the Magi habitually looked for significance and guidance.

Prayer
Father, we thank you that you have revealed your Son to us. Though we can no longer see him, through the inspiration of your guiding hand may we too bring our worship to him.
Amen

Study by Hilary Buck

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Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes. Like us on www.facebook.com/GCLewes

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Grace Communion – Lewes
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Mountfield Road
LEWES BN7 2XN

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