When I think of honor here on earth, the folks in the military immediately come to mind. They seem to encompass the characteristics that I want my nation to stand on. I find that true for firefighters, police officers...all the people who put themselves in harm's way to protect something bigger than themselves.
I decided to look up honor in the dictionary. Jesus is not only to be honored, but He is honor. I loved these definitions, because they all apply to Him. So I thought I'd list them here, so our hearts can dwell on them today as we focus on honoring Jesus, whose birth we celebrate this season.
A good name or public esteem; a good reputation
A showing of usually merited respect with recognition
A person of superior standing, now used especially as a title for a holder of high office
One whose worth brings respect or fame
An evidence or symbol of distinction
An exalted title or rank
A badge or decoration
A ceremonial rite or observance
An award in a contest or field of competition
Chastity and purity
A keen sense of ethical conduct
One's word given as a guarantee of performance
Social courtesies or civilities extended by a host
Jesus embodies Honor. We honor Him by conducting ourselves the same way, as best as possible. As we think about Him today, let's honor Him with our very best, from our thoughts to our conduct to our generosity.
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”