Around the world, people are going to be celebrating Christmas this weekend. Even though it has become commercialized, I still enjoy this season.
It reminds me of how much God loves us. He was willing to send His Son to redeem fallen humanity.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2:1-2 NIV
This verse speaks of one of the premier symbols of Christmas – the star. Think about that. What brought you to Christ?
For most, it was a life-changing event. Somebody shared the Gospel with you, and you felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
Think about one tiny star. Stars are pretty insignificant to us. These men were pagan astrologers. They made their fortune predicting things through the alignment of stars and planets. Yet, one star spoke enough to them to send them on a journey across the globe to worship Christ.
The fact is stars have always been associated with Christ.
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
Revelation 22:16 NIV
The Lord calls himself the Bright Morning Star. In the natural, that’s the planet Venus. It’s the star ships would steer by. It gives direction.
Considering the stars should lead us to worship, just like the Magi. They should bring something to mind throughout this season.
This star should remind us of the Word of God. After all, Jesus Christ is the Living Word.
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 Peter 1:19 NIV
We have heard the Word of God. It starts as a seed planted in our hearts. Then, by the power of the Holy Spirit, it grows and matures.
Soon, it becomes a star rising in our hearts. We’re told that it’s important that we pay attention to the Word. It’s like a tiny light shining in a dark place.
Are you in a dark place right now? Many people find themselves in this condition during the holidays.
If so, then it’s important that you focus on the Word. It doesn’t matter how small.
A lot of things start that way. A cloud size of a man’s hand. Joseph in a prison cell. 120 people praying in an upper room.
There’s no way you can look at your life in the dark place and predict what God could do through you. It begins as His light starts to rise in you.
This season – look for the star. Let it speak to you.
Have a very blest Christmas season!
© 2022 Nick Zaccardi