O Come Let Us Adore Him
By Mike Garland
Jesus is the Word.
Word of the Father now in flesh appearing,
O come, let us adore Him!
O Come All Ye Faithful
This deeply meaningful line is hidden in the last verse of “O Come All Ye Faithful” and it is inspired by the Bible’s description of Jesus as the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. (John 1:1, 14, 17)
Jesus is the Word that makes the Father known.
There are volumes that could be written about the Word as it relates to the Three-In-One or Trinitarian nature of God. For our purpose during this Christmas season, however, let us simply focus on understanding the “Word” as an expression. An expression is the process of making something known. We are all familiar with this process because each day our thoughts, desires, ideas, and plans are expressed or made known to the world around us primarily through the use of words.
A word can reveal, make known, describe, or explain . . . and that is exactly what Jesus did at His birth. He has made God known to us. He is the Word—the Expression of God Himself. Jesus explains God to us. He shows us what God is like. Michael Reeves puts it this way: “For all our dreams, our dark and frightened images of God, there is no God in heaven who is unlike Jesus, for he is God.” (Michael Reeves, Rejoicing in Christ). Whatever your preconceptions, thoughts, or impressions of God, they are all redefined and clarified in Jesus Christ. There is no hidden God in heaven or anywhere else that Jesus has not revealed to us. Jesus is the radiation of God’s glory and a perfect representation of Him. He is the exact imprint—an identical match—of the nature and character of God.
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint (or representation) of his nature. (Hebrews 1:3a)
If not for Jesus, we would have an incomplete view of the nature of God. He would be a mystery—but Christ has made Him known! That is why Jesus could respond to one of his followers’ request to see the Father (God) by saying, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:8-9)
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Though His Deity was hidden in human flesh, He so clearly manifested God that anyone who saw Him also saw the Father. Emmanuel means “God with us” and that is what we celebrate each December. God has been made to come near to us, as one of us, in the person of Jesus.
Christmas is a time for meditation. It is a time to fathom the depths and reach for the heights in a wonderfully futile effort to comprehend the great miracle that has been done among us. Behold our God; the One seated on the throne; the eternal Creator of all things; the self-existent One; the great I Am; has been revealed to us through Jesus, the baby laying in a manger bed. O come, let us adore Him!