The final post from Troy McLaughlin (part 1 | part 2)…

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Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be glory given!

The Lordship and incarnation of the Son, as well as the resulting joy among men, are reiterated here. As before, emphasized is the general glorification of God in the specific glorification of His Son. To use an archery analogy, to say that the purpose of all creation is to glorify God hits the hay bale, but to say that the purpose of all creation is to exalt Jesus Christ hits the bull’s eye. Paul makes this clear in his letter to the Colossians when he writes, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.”

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!

Finally, our attention is drawn to that great riddle found in the opening lines of John’s gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” There is but one answer that satisfies every element of this riddle, and that answer is Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. The incarnation of the Son ushers in the fulfillment of God’s glorious salvation promises, and the wonder of Immanuel demands, above all, the following response:

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

O come, let us adore Him

Christ the Lord

This beautiful hymn is the quintessential call to worship, because it is a call to worship. But the song itself does not call. Rather, the faithful call out to the faithful, exclaiming, “Let us adore Him.” May we then not only heed this call but, in our singing, eagerly join in its proclamation, calling one another to worship Jesus… at Christmas and always.

 

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