December 24, 2018
The Bright and Morning Star
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. – Revelation 22:16
Looking at past Christmas program pictures took me back in time to when my daughter was in the Beginners’ Department at Sunday school. As the Christmas program began that year, she and the other little “stars” twinkled in their bright costumes as they slowly moved through the sea of faces seated in the sanctuary, and then went up onto the platform. Each child had the important role of being a Christmas star, as a reminder of the star that shone for the Wise Men many years ago in Bethlehem.
As I reminisced on these adorable shining stars, I could still hear them singing and reciting their parts. It was thrilling to think back on the sweet beauty of those children and what they represented! All of them were shining for Jesus! This brought to mind how the Wise Men must have felt when they saw the bright star leading them. How their hearts must have rejoiced as the star continued on until it rested over the place where Jesus was.
In the world today, there are many man-made “stars.” These are celebrities that people look up to and admire, and some even follow their lives through television reports, newspapers, magazines, and the internet. These stars can seem so impressive and important, yet history has proven that they will all die and, in time, be forgotten. However, there is one Star from long ago that has remained until today. This is a glorious Star who everyone can follow, and His wondrous beauty and ever-shining radiance is one-of-a-kind. We cannot find this Star in a movie or in the nighttime sky, for this Star is the One who was born in a manger in Bethlehem. Our focus verse reveals that this exalted Star is Jesus, the Bright and Morning Star.
There is an old adage that says, “Wise men still seek Him.” Much truth is packed into those five words! What star are you following today? At this Christmas time, let’s make sure it is the One who came to be our Savior. Earthly stars do not last long, but the Bright and Morning Star will shine forever!