For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son;
today I have become your Father”? Or again,
“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son”? And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”
Jesus’ lowly birth in a stable surrounded by animals is a great human interest story. If it occurred today it would at least catch the interest of the local news. Politicians may chime in about the poor conditions in which the child was born in. Others may denounce the capitalist innkeeper who was unwilling to find a better place to stay for a pregnant woman to spend the night.
The birth of Jesus is not merely human drama however. While we hear the story year after year and see it reenacted in Christmas plays, the divine drama is every bit as important as the human side of the story.
Jesus is the fulfillment of Isaiah 7:14. He is Immanuel, God with us. Jesus’ birth is not just the birth of another great man in history. He is not just another in a long line of kings or descendants of David.
Jesus is worshipped as an infant. Shepherds came from their fields to bow down to the King of Kings in baby form. Magi traveled from far off to present great gifts to a king that they knew was more special than any other.
Perhaps greatest of all is that the angels themselves worship Jesus as a baby. Jesus didn’t come into the world for the angels and yet they too must worship Him. We too should follow the example of so many before us and worship Jesus.