The word Christmas originates with to words Christ Mass. The very name of the season points to our gathering to worship, the mass of Christ. Christmas is all about the worship of Jesus.
We can learn more about ways to worship Jesus from the story of the wisemen who sought him out that very first Christmas. Read the story from Matthew 2:1-12 and pay attention to the six phrases in bold.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Cultivate a Sincere Desire – Worship seldom happens spontaneously without effort. You have to plan for it. You have to want it like the wise men who most likely traveled over a thousand miles for 30 days.
Live with Expectancy – There is something about expectancy – about faith – that leads to worship. The wisemen expected to find “the One.” They fully anticipated that they would find him. If you expect to find Jesus, he will show up!
Choose to Express Joy – The three wisemen were overjoyed. They greatly rejoiced with exceeding joy. They didn’t just feel joy, they expressed it. Worship is about expressing joy for every good thing God has done.
Humble Yourself – The feel on their knees to worship Jesus. They bowed down. Worship is about humbling yourself in the presence of someone so much greater than you.
Purpose to Give – Worship is also giving. The wisemen presented gifts to Jesus. What do you give to the one who created everything? Give him the only gift that matters – yourself.
Say Yes – After worship the wisemen were warned not to go back to Herod. They returned by another route. Worship changes the direction of your life. You enter God’s presence one way and returned changed. Say yes to the changes!