This last Advent Devotion comes to us from Emily Evans.
“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.”
O Come Let us Adore Him. We sing those words every Christmas season, but why?
O come let us adore Him! This song is inviting us, God’s faithful people to come. Many Christmas songs sing about Jesus coming to us, but this song is about us coming to Him. Jesus – that sweet baby born in a manger, no room for Him at the inn, surrounded by farm animals, stinky smells, and no heat. What was special about this baby? And why should we come adore Him?
Every Christmas we celebrate the birth of this baby, who was, and is, King – King of all Kings. The king that for years and years people waited, hoped, and prayed for. He finally came, and came in the most un-kinglike way possible. (Are we waiting, hoping, and praying for His second arrival, just like they did many years ago?)
When Jesus was born many were confused and didn’t believe that He was actually the king they had been waiting for, but we have the advantage of hindsight – we know the rest of the story! Jesus grew up, He taught and loved, and when He was just thirty-three years old, He died. He died on a cross – a terrible death – to save each of us who accepts Him. That is something to go and adore! Let us go adore this baby that was born to save us!
My prayer for us all is that as we approach Christmas this year, and after Christmas has come and gone, that we are in a constant state of adoration for Christ our King. Doing this will help prepare our hearts and minds for the birthday of Christ; and although we have so much to look forward to on Christmas, what Jesus has done is worthy of so much more than being loved, worshipped, and adored on only one day of the year. So, again I say, “O Come Let us Adore Him!”
Emily Evans has been a camper at Delanco and served on many weekly staffs. She was married this past June here at camp and now serves at Sicklerville Church as Director Children’s & Family Ministries.