“Thou art worthy, O Lord”, “Thou art worthy…” and “Worthy is the Lamb…” These three phrases are found in Revelation 4 and 5 and are appropriately called by C.I. Scofield, “Universal adoration of the Lamb who is King.” As I thought about these phrases and about this season, I was reminded of the adoration given the baby Jesus by those present at and near His birth.
Luke records these instances of praise. The first is found in Luke 1:46 where Mary, Jesus’ mother, sings and prays with joy that her Saviour will be born. She calls Him mighty and merciful at a time in her life when she was still learning to trust and at the same time questioning how this miracle could have occurred. He is worthy of our praise even when we don’t fully understand His will.
The second instance is found later in the chapter and records John’s father’s voice of praise. Zacharias blesses God for salvation in the house of David and for his son, John, “the prophet of the Highest.” Adoration and praise to Jesus should be given for those faithful servants He raises up for His glory.
In Luke 2, the shepherds were the next recorded ones to worship Him. After the angels appeared to them, they travelled to Bethlehem and testified of the One they had seen. (Luke2:20) “And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, …”
The overflow and result of our love and adoration for our Saviour should be the telling of the good news of salvation.
Simeon, the temple priest, praised God as he held the child Jesus and called Him God’s light and salvation to Jew and Gentile.
May we, during this season of celebrating Christ’s birth, be careful to love, praise and worship Him. He is the One who eventually died and rose again to pay the penalty for our sin so that we might live for eternity in Heaven. Let’s celebrate the season for what it really is – the birth of God’s greatest Gift.
This post is by: Robert Booker, NBBI Vice-President
The above article appears in the December 2011 Open Bible Bulletin.