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O Come, Let Us Adore Him 1: Introduction to Advent Study

O Come, Let Us Adore Him – Advent Day 1 – Introduction to Advent Study

O come, all ye faithful,
 Joyful and triumphant!
 O come ye, O come ye
 To Bethlehem!
 Come and behold Him,
 Born the King of angels.

 O come, let us adore Him,
 O come, let us adore Him,
 O come, let us adore Him,
 Christ the Lord!

 -John Francis Wade (1711–1786)

A longtime favorite Christmas hymn of mine, these simple yet compelling lyrics bring our hearts to the very foundation of Christmastime—adoring the Christ child born in Bethlehem. I’m all for Christmas decorations, the twinkly lights, the beautifully wrapped packages, the glow of the tree, the traditional foods we indulge in—all of that brings warmth to the season, but none of that is the real reason we celebrate Christmas. Jesus is our primary focus this advent season and, really, it’s a place He rightly deserves every day of the year.

As we set aside some quiet time each day to follow the theme of our advent study, our chief prayer is that we would ground ourselves on what truly matters most. The season can seem frantic and become expensive, and it can feel stressful. Perhaps Christmas this year looks a lot different than you imagined it would, maybe even heartbreaking. You might be keenly grieving the loss of someone you dearly loved, and for you Christmas doesn’t bring the same sense of joy and wonder it once did. Or maybe you are so strapped for cash that you wonder how you will buy your children the gifts they want most. Yet our circumstances cannot and should not diminish the true wonder of Christmas—that Christ came to earth to save us!

The problem is that we often make Christmas about traditions, making people happy, and trying to get the Good Housekeeping seal of approval for our home décor and menu. We work ourselves to a frazzle, and then become irritable and short-tempered. We make Christmas more about us and less about Christ. None of the things above have to do with coming and adoring the Christ child together. So, as we approach this Christmas season, may we prepare our hearts, and spend time adoring our Messiah, who came in love for us! 

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21, KJV)

I love how the hymn for our advent theme specifically calls forth three types of people: faithful people, joyful people, and triumphant people. Notice that it is not asking for people who are stressed, irritable, frazzled or short-tempered.

Faithful people: those who would place their trust in the saving ability of the Messiah.

Joyful people: hope in the long-awaited Messiah floods our souls with joy as we exult that He has indeed come to save us.

Triumphant people: this Child would rescue us from sin, death and hell, becoming victorious over all our enemies.

We hope you’ll join us each day of Advent, and that collectively we will find ourselves drawn to this story and, more so, to our Messiah. A thousand things may pull on our hearts and minds this time of year, but may adoration to the King of kings prevail!
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2, ESV)

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