Christmas sales. Christmas decorations. Christmas parties. Christmas vacation. These are ways in which the secular world identifies this time of the year. While the term “Christmas” is included in these phrases, the term is just a turn-of-phrase. Nothing is really meant by “Christmas” other than referring to activities that happen at the end of December. In such a culture as ours one may indeed find themselves asking why he/she would want to bother going out of the house to worship with other people in a church.
One’s Christmas celebration would do well to include worship because the original Christmas observation was filled with acts of worship. The angels visited the shepherds on Christmas night and they all worshiped Jesus as the Christ, the Savior, and the Lord. Later, the Magi find the Christ child and not only present Him gifts, but also prostrate themselves (i.e., fall on their faces) in a humble act of worship.
If you one does not want to look at the Bible, then just look at your nativity set. Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, and the Magi are all sculpted in such a way as to focus their gaze upon the infant Jesus. Why are nativity sets made in such a manner? Because all the characters in the scene are worshiping the Christ child. Often the Virgin Mary is sculpted as kneeling before the infant Jesus while her betrothed, Joseph, is sculpted as standing. Yet, both figures are often postured to make it clear that the child is not just the center of their attention, but the center of their entire lives.
Of course, we are not sculptures. We are living beings. On the other hand, the Bible says, “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8 ESV). May the Lord sculpt us with His Christmas Gospel that our hearts may be formed in worship this Christmas season.