Worship is our human response to a gracious God. Essentially, the word worship means “to bow down”. Worship is the external expression of our internal attitude. Worship brings to life what dwells in our heart. When we worship, we submit ourselves to an authority greater than ourselves, paying homage to our Lord God. Worship spans our approach to God and God’s relationship with us. It includes the communal activities that happen when God’s people come together for religious purposes. These activities include acts like adoration, thanksgiving, prayer, offering and the making of vows. The celebration of baptism and observance of communion are part of worship. But worship isn’t simply about us and what we do in response to God. In reality, worship isn’t about us at all. It’s about God. You see, what God does for us is by far greater than what we do for Him. In Mark 10:45, Jesus tells us, “…the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” That’s the power behind our worship—not what we do for God, but what He has done for us. For this reason, we fall on our knees, we bow down; we pay homage to God Almighty—because He alone is worthy. Today, on Christmas Day, we celebrate the birth of an innocent child that occurred over 2,000 years ago. Through the Incarnation, God became a man, and dwelt among us, in order to restore us into a right relationship with Him. Becoming human served as the first step in God’s great act of redemption. On this day, Jesus Christ, our long-awaited Messiah was born. He was born to give his life as a ransom for many. By leaving His throne, Jesus, the Son of God, initiated the relationship anchoring our religion. He is why we worship today. He is the cause of our celebration. For in Him, we have received the fulfillment of eternal hope, peace, love and joy.
Wishing you hope, peace, love and joy as you celebrate CHRISTmas today.