The Ninth Day of Christmas

Matthew 2:11

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. (Matthew 2:11)

Sometimes a boy might say of his girlfriend, ‘I worship the ground she walks on. I’d do anything for her; she just needs to say the word.’ He’s saying how highly he values her.

What do you place the highest value on in your life? We all worship someone or something. It’s whatever we treasure most.

If it’s true that Jesus is our Creator God who has come in the flesh, then our right response is to worship him. To put it another way, our right response is to show his infinitely great worth by listening to him, trusting him, and doing his will in every area of life.

Sound dull?

Then you haven’t yet understood what awesomely good news his birth is.

When we read about Jesus in the Bible we find ourselves reading about a man of breath-taking kindness and compassion, who did things with jaw-dropping power and authority, who amazed everyone who saw him or listened to him, who smashed death to pieces by dying on a cross and rising again to new life. There never has been, and never will be, anyone else like him. He is unique.

And he didn’t come to be a killjoy. He didn’t come to squash all the fun out of life. He came so that you and I might have life and have it to the full; life in all its abundance, full of joy and hope and blessing.

Worshipping him with our lives, that is, listening to him, trusting him, and living the way he shows us, is far from dull. It’s the most exciting way to live!