When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:15
The chorus of O Come All Ye Faithful is probably very familiar to you if you have sung this song much in your lifetime. It is a call for the church, God’s people gathered together, to adore Christ. What does it mean to adore him?
You have probably used that word adorable before to refer to a little child. Often when we see newborn children we call them sweet, lovable, or attractive. We praise them for who they are or just because they are. In a similar way, we do that when we praise Christ the Lord.
The word adore is from a Latin root, with a literal meaning of “to speak or pray,” but defined as “to worship.” When we adore a little child, in some sense we are worshipping or praising the beauty or nature of that child.
The carol instructs us to look at him in order to adore him. We are to behold him in his birth at Bethlehem, considering as we have already the nature of his stepping from his Lordship in heaven to become a man.
Think of who he is and what God has done for you in Christ. Consider that the baby was and is Lord, ruler of heaven and earth, the mighty God. He is supremely worthy of our worship and adoration.
Take this opportunity as you prepare for worship this weekend to consider the reasons that you should adore him. Ask God to prepare your heart to adore him in spirit and in truth. Pray and prepare to adore him wholeheartedly with other believers in Christ.
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.