“O Come let us adore Him O come let us adore Him O come let us adore him O come let us adore him Christ the Lord.”
The chorus evokes warm nostalgic memories and ecclesiastic connection to Christmas’s past as the words pour from our lips. There is reason for that: for the church and those who connect to the truth of the infant divine, Jesus offers hope in the midst of the darkness. The kind that has surrounded humanity following the fall. Pain. Broken relationship. Sickness. Oppression. Death. Jesus’ birth speaks life into all that seems devoid of it.
It is easy to adore a baby. It’s cute. It’s helpless. We are in control of how we respond to it. But if all we do is get warm fuzzy feelings about a baby, we miss the point. Even if it’s Jesus.
God came to earth as a baby to resonate with our humanity. All of it. And to speak into it. All of it. The good and the bad. However, his humanity had holy purposes. As the baby Jesus began his adult public ministry, not all adored him anymore. His divinity encountered a human lens. And that can be threatening when grasping for earthly gratifications.
Adoring Jesus goes beyond singing about his infant status. We celebrate the mind boggling truth that that the Creator of life loved us enough to come to an earthly kingdom to begin the process of reconciliation and restoration. Our adoration shows as we embrace Jesus’ incarnation. We begin to see the world through a transformed view . And we surrender a skewed lens for a corrective one. Then we will adore all of Jesus. Every part.
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I love the balance of your structure of this piece – how you start with a construct, pull it apart, then put it back together again.
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Thank you! It’s been on my mind for a while and this prompt seemed like a good opportunity to write on it.
Mitzy Bricker says
Very nicely written.
Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says
We sing the infant Jesus,
’cause He’s really cute,
and clearly sent to please us,
and so kings gave Him loot.
But then He grew into a man,
no question He was really rad,
but many didn’t understand
and saw Him through the lens of bad
fashioned by the Pharisees,
with the Romans’ bland consent,
and to the Cross on bloody knees
He very humbly went,
and who beside His mother gave
a backward glance to that sweet babe?
in a nutshell. I always look forward to your responses.