Oh Come All Ye Faithful is an invitation to those who would peer into the window of the cave-like dwelling where the Christ Child was born. With joy and triumph, the faithful are invited to behold Him who was a babe yet the King of Angels.
Then in whispered command that swells to antiphonal praise, we are told to come and adore Him, Christ the Lord. What does this command mean? Most of us understand and obey when asked to come. We know the one giving the command is requesting that we see, hear or experience what he has seen. But adore is a word many of us may stumble over. How do we adore?
One of the best pictures of adoration happened when Michael Jackson died. People from around the world stopped their busy lives to recognize his passing. Songs were sung and poems were written in his memory. His faithful followers flocked to his funeral. Many knew they would never see the pop star’s body, but they just wanted to be in the crowd to pay their respects. Our world adored this human man.
The adoration this pop star received should pale in comparison to the love, honor and respect given to Jesus. The carol’s chorus sums it up well when it describes Him as Christ the Lord. This title reminds us that He is the Son of God, but He is also Lord, the One who is in charge. If we lived in Europe, we might understand the term Lord better because they are familiar with the position of Lord of the manor. That is the person in charge of an estate. When we say that Christ is Lord, we are identifying Him as the One in charge, over all.
The last verse of this carol helps us to understand exactly who Jesus is. It says “Word of the Father now in flesh appearing.” John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus was God in human flesh. Can you imagine, the creator of all that was, or is, or ever will be placed in human flesh. Are you able to comprehend that Jesus stepped out of heaven and into the womb of a mortal girl? Does it blow your mind to consider that Jesus chose to become flesh so that we could live eternally through His gift on the cross? John 1:10 says, “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.”
Maybe that is why God has given us the gift of celebrating Christmas. It is one of the only times all year that many in our world stop work for a day. Some recognize and even adore what John 1:14 describes as “The Word that became flesh.”
As you draw closer to the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, take time to adore Him. Gather with other faithful followers to worship Him. Sing songs, write a poem, or just take time to thank Him for the gift of salvation He brings. As you finish this article, take time to sing the chorus of this familiar carol and adore Him, Christ, God in the flesh, the Lord.