God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power…
Human beings have an inbuilt desire and propensity to worship. In fact, every person finds something or someone to worship, because the instinct to do so is so strong and so universal.
When the Apostle Paul went to Athens, he found people paying homage to “an unknown God.” The object of their worship was shrouded in mystery, but they were willing to worship all the same.
The birth of Jesus was a truly momentous event in history, because God, who is eternal and invisible, wrapped Himself in flesh and made Himself know-able. Jesus is the visible image of the Father, and in Him ALL the fullness of the Godhead dwells. There is nothing about God that is absent in Jesus.
We don’t just have to try to figure out who God is through concepts and ideas. We don’t just read about healing and breakthrough and goodness and mercy, we see God in the image of Jesus. God packaged Himself in a form that we could handle and experience and relate to. He became flesh and dwelt among us.
God Himself is with us in the person of Jesus. We need no longer speculate about what He is like because He is revealed through His Son. Jesus told His disciples in John 14:9, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” Our worship and our faith are not directed aimlessly or with uncertainty; the birth of Jesus means that we can KNOW the One we worship.
In fact, there is no other way to know God, other than through the person of Jesus. We cannot know God by singing a song, or performing a ritual. We cannot know Him by meditation or by observing rules and customs. The only way we can know God is by knowing Jesus Christ for ourselves. When we KNOW Him, our faith is anchored in who He is.
Christmas is cause for major celebration because it proves that God has no will to stand at arms length and to be distant and enigmatic. The birth of Jesus demonstrates His determination to be known by us, to be with us and to share in what we are going through.
As you celebrate the season, take time to acknowledge and give thanks to the One who was so determined to be known, that He came as a baby, lying in a manger. Give Him the most profound worship of your heart today!
Heavenly Father, thank you that you made yourself known to us in the person of Jesus. You don’t hold yourself at arm’s length, but you came and dwelt among us. Today I worship YOU. You alone are my God and I bow the knee to you, just as the shepherds and the wise men did when they came to visit Jesus in the stable.
I am so grateful that you came, Lord. I will never walk alone, because you are Immanuel, God with us. I willingly give you all the praise and the glory, in Jesus’ name!