Thursday, December 24, 2015

Shining Star

"When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen 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 exceedingly great joy."
Matthew 2:9, 10 (NKJV)

Matthew 2:1-10 gives us a familiar Christmas story about how wise men came from the east to see Jesus.  It is very likely that this was actually a large group of men who made the long journey and it is also quite possible that these wise men were of some high rank since they had access to King Herod to ask about the star.  Why did these men come to Jerusalem?  No doubt they were familiar with the scriptures concerning the Messiah and with Numbers 24:17 that refers to the Messiah as a Star rising out of Israel; but it was the star in the sky that actually led them to Jesus.

People are searching for truth today and they are looking for answers.  Problems come to everyone sooner or later and if people are not facing difficulties from external problems they are dealing with questions, despair, loneliness, depression, and other issues.  The thing these people need is someone to guide them to the source of the answers to their problems, which is Jesus.  The wise men were looking for Jesus, they just needed direction and that came from the star they followed.  Today people need someone to be the guide that helps to bring them to Jesus, that someone is you and me!

Matthew 5:14-16 says that we are the light of the world; we use a light to see and help us find our way, we are the light shining in the world today to show people the way to Jesus.  Putting a light into a dark room enables you to see where you are going, it guides you.  We need to be a guide to lead people to Jesus just like the star led the wise men.  Christmas is a time of joy and celebration, but in the midst of our celebration let's not forget that we need to be an example to the world to show them the true source of joy, Jesus!

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