Star Light

Have you ever looked up at the stars on  clear night and wondered about the experience of  wise-men as they followed one star to find the infant Jesus?  Here in Colorado, clear nights show a blanket of stars above...a dark field spotted with tiny bits of light wherever a person looks.  As a child, I remember watching and watching for a shooting star, thinking that was the kind of star the wise-men followed... surely it had to travel fast!  Many times, I would find a shooting star and the wonder of that sight thrilled me for days.  I still experience a thrill when I see them.... but now I have become "educated" enough to know the wise-men did not travel at the speeds we are accustomed to.  They traveled by camel, probably, and followed the star they saw as it rose.  Could they see it at night only?  Or was it also present in the daylight?  I don't know, and I'm not sure the Bible even tells us.... just that they knew that was a special star and that it had to do with the Messiah's coming.  It is evident they had faith in that star, and it's special connection with God.  They followed it without doubt, and finally did find the Messiah they were looking for.  We aren't told what happened to the star after that, as far as I know.  Its purpose was completed, so perhaps it simply burnt out.  Or maybe it is now a smaller, less obvious one among all the millions and millions out there.



 What kind of light did it have? 

  Was is a different color? 

  Was it larger than the rest? 

  What made it so special to those wise-men?

  Jesus' coming was promised in the Old Testament as a star:

A star will come out of Jacob;

a scepter will rise out of Israel. (Num 24:17)

  Peter reminds us of that prophecy:

And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

  (2 Pet 1:9)

  This was not a star that was named in the Bible, as others were.  It was not described in the New Testament stories.  The one thing we do know about it, is that it was specifically connected to Jesus.  It showed the light of God, much like the pillar of fire the Israelites followed through the desert.  Of course, the Israelites needed something much more obvious because of their wavering faith, so God gave them  huge pillar of fire by night (and a cloud by day).  But on the day that Jesus bodily entered our earth, the most awesome light of all became ours.  He has called Himself  "the morning star" (Rev 22:16)

Jesus told those who followed Him,

While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.  (John 9:5)  and

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)

We have this light available to us even now... the Word of God. 

 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Yet, He also tells us , 

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matt 5:14-16)

  How seriously do we take that command?  Are others able to follow our light and find Jesus?  Or do they stumble in the dark after following us?

This Christmas as we remember the coming of baby Jesus, and the star that led the wise men to Him, let us purpose in our hearts to be the light of the world to others... to lead them to Jesus!  Not just for this season this year, but for the rest of our days, for the time of His return is drawing near!


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