The hinge of history is slowly creaking and turning in Matthew 2. The turning point in God’s story has begun! We have a wonderful example of how we should respond to this turning point – Christmas itself – by the way the wise men responded: they worshipped Christ. In Matthew 2:11, we read that “when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
The central Christian confession is this: “Jesus is Lord.” One day, every person who has ever lived will say this, as we saw in Philippians 2 a few weeks ago. Today, we Christians say it: “Jesus is Lord.” He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the author of history, the mighty accomplisher of our salvation. We bow down before Him in submission to His Word, and we praise Him as the Lord of all.
Is Jesus more important to you than anyone else? That is one of the most obvious traits of a true Christian: He or she loves Jesus. In John 8:42, the Lord Jesus spoke to a group of people who knew the Old Testament well, and thought they loved God, but couldn’t stand Jesus. He said to them, “If God were your Father, ye would love me.”
So how do you feel about Jesus? You may say, “But I go to church!” That’s not what I asked! How do you feel about Jesus? You may come to church every service and even learn lessons from the Bible that feed your mind and help you live better, but if you don’t love, delight in, and submit to Jesus, you are not a Christian.
Paul said it this way in I Corinthians 16:22: “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema” – accursed. True Christians don’t just believe in Jesus with their minds, they love Him with their hearts.
This challenges me! I believe in Jesus; I have trusted Him for my salvation; but how much do I enjoy spending time with Him – not just reading my Bible, but reading my Bible to learn about Jesus? How much do I think about “God” – which so easily just becomes a generic, almost meaningless word – and not about “Jesus”? Do I admire His holiness? Am I in awe at His power?
I urge you this Christmas: look to Jesus. Read the gospels; behold His glory – “the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” – and fall in love with Jesus again (John 1:14). He reveals the Father! If you want to know and love and rest in God, seek for and read about and meditate upon Jesus! Worship Him like the wise men did: “O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”