When the shepherds met the Messiah child, they “returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.” Luke 2:20.
When Simeon the prophet found the Christ when Jesus was being presented as a child in the temple, he “blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.’” Luke 2:34-35.
When Anna had found the Christ in the Temple on that day, she “began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.” Luke 2:38.
And when the wise men arrived from Jerusalem after traveling from the East, they “fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11.
Before Jesus did any redemption work, those who met Him broke into spontaneous worship. As we approach this Christmas season, we consider the coming of Him who the prophets called, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6.
Even the Angel, in announcing the coming King said, “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Luke 1:33.
Approach this season with reverence, worship and adoration for the God who collided with the fallenness of mankind, and brought us hope. Merry Christmas.