The Star (His Star)
The Star is a leading character in our story besides the unavoidable pun, because it led the Magi, the Wise Men, the Kings from the east directly to the place where Jesus, Mary and Joseph were living at the time. If the star first appeared when Jesus was born there would have been a period of no less then six months and up to two years for them to travel from the East to Bethlehem. But the Wise men were not so wise when it came to knowing how to discern where Jesus would be, because they looked for Him first in the places of earthly kings. They came to the ruling class in Jerusalem to inquire about Him.
“Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2
“When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” Matthew 2:9-10
Moses prophesied concerning the Messiah Who was to come, speaking of Him as “a Star” coming out of Jacob (Israel).
“I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.” Numbers 24:17
The message of the Star is the message of a light that shines in the darkness; a light that leads the way to God. A light that reveals the Way, that leads to the Truth and that shines the glory of God in the Life.
Jesus came as light to a world gone mad with the darkness of its lusts and violence, a world without regard for God, His Word or His people, a world drunk on power to rule over those who would stand for godliness and truth, a world that bred hate and division, that trafficked in the slaughter of the innocent, oppressing the weak and exploiting the poor, a world of wonton killing and abuse of children, a world so blinded by its own sense of self-righteousness that it would openly mock and ridicule God and His people, a world so depraved that its chief desire was the corruption and ultimate destruction of the pure and undefiled, the innocent and all that was beautiful, exchanging it for the impure, the base, the tawdry, the vile and the decaying, holding them in high regard among themselves.
Into this world the Messiah, Jesus, the Light of the world, the Star out of Jacob comes, not to condemn the world but that through Him the world might be saved.
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6
The Word of God, Jesus, the Light has come to shine in our hearts so that the world might see him through us and bring all the world to share in His glorious light. The light that shined in the sky that night points the way to the greater light shining in the manger. That Light is Jesus. That Light is the hope of the world, that light is the salvation for all who would believe. That light, His Star, led the Wise Men to find Him in Bethlehem and they greatly rejoiced at it. Now we are made an even greater beneficiary of that light because to every believer He has come and taken up residence in us and we in Him as He is in the Father and the Father is in Him. Through that Light, if we can believe it, we are being made one in spirit with every believer, one with Jesus, one with the Father and one with his Spirit.
May that Light shine ever brighter and more gloriously in our hearts so that men will see that we are called by the name of the Lord and they too, will desire to be saved.