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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

The Star

For the past few years I have had a white Christmas tree and I thought I had my family's white star that I grew up using. But I now realize it has a yellow tint to it next to the white tree but I do not care! Mom was going to throw it away about 20 years ago because it had a crack and I took it and have no intentions of getting rid of it. It sparkles and is beautiful. That star has been with me most of my life and has sentimental value. It takes me back to fond memories of Christmases past. It is like the star of the show! And of course it points toward Heaven.

One of God's earliest promises about the Savior He would send is in Numbers. Numbers 24: 17, "I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel." Revelation 22: 16, "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.” The Bible calls Jesus the "Bright Morning Star."

The wise men followed the star that God had placed in the sky to find Baby Jesus. It guided them to where Mary and Joseph were with Jesus. Matthew 2: 9-11, " 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. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh." The wise men had come to worship Jesus! They gave Him these precious gifts that were expensive!

The longevity of the star proves that it was not a comet or a meteor. Because the wise men were traveling from Persia, the star had to appear each night for several months in order to lead them all the way. The star had to move constantly, leading them to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem where the star hovered over the Christ Child! That star shone in the sky for many months. Then it was gone. I think it was gone because now we had Jesus - the true star!

To most Christians the Christmas star symbolizes Jesus Christ. As we anticipate Christmas day let's focus on the wise men who let a star lead them to find the Christ-child. Matthew 2: 2, "....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.”

The star on our tree can remind us of this hope we have in Jesus Christ. The brightness of the star is associated with the light of Christ which shines in the darkness. It is the light that guides us and shows us the right path. The brightness is a symbol of victory of good over evil.

These men, who lived far away recognized Jesus as the true Star of Christmas. They let the Light guide them to be witness the the most miraculous birth! And you know what they say! Wise men still seek Him!


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