I love the wonder of a child. My grandson, Walter, as a toddler, has such a beautiful sense of wonder. Everything is new! He will point at something and say, “This?” and we will respond with, “This is a” and we tell him what it is. He is so intrigued, wants to touch it, and experience it for himself.
Here we are at Christmas, and it just seems that the Lord has been highlighting the Star with me and Walter. Every time I turn around, we seem to be brought to a place of talking about the Star that shown over Bethlehem, to show where Jesus was born!
This star, known as the Star of Bethlehem, is only mentioned in the gospel of Matthew:
“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 when it rose and have come to worship him.” “After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.” Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11
The Wise Men saw a Star and they knew that that Star pointed to someone really important.
Jesus was prophesied as a Star: “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob.” Numbers 24:17
This word, “star” is the Hebrew word “kowkab” and means “a rolling, blazing star” and was used to describe the Messiah and a prince. And Jesus was also prophesied in Isaiah 9:6 as “The Prince of Peace.”
Now, as a son or daughter of God, and a co-heir with Christ, that makes you royalty…that means you are a prince or a princess. And that means that you are like a star!
Daniel 12:3 says, “Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.”
Wisdom and leading others to righteous (right with God and right with others) living are like stars.
Psalm 147:4 says, “He counts the stars and call them each by name.” (“name” means “nickname”)
If God knows the stars and has given them a nickname, you can bet your bottom dollar that He knows your name and even has a nickname for you!!!
Philippians 2:15 says, “so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.”
You will shine like a star when you walk blameless and pure.
You are like a star. You are shining brightly to those around you. The Star of Bethlehem pointed to Jesus. The question for us is this: what are we pointing others to?
As a star, what are we pointing others to?
May we ponder this question with Jesus and allow Him to transform our thinking so that we, moment by moment, are made aware of the truth that we represent Him; and may we point others to Jesus!
“You're a shining star
No matter who you are
Shining bright to see
What you could truly be.”
(Earth, Wind and Fire)
Be a star. This world, like Walter, are curious about Jesus. They want/need to touch Him and experienced Him. Shine brightly with the light and love of Jesus. Be a big, rolling, blazing light for Jesus! Give your light away! Cause you ain’t livin if you ain’t givin!!!
You ain’t livin,
if you ain’t givin!
You are loved,
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