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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

The Star

On the top of my Christmas tree, I have the white star that was on our tree growing up. It has a yellowed and has a crack in. (Mom was going to throw it away about 20 years ago.) It sparkles and is beautiful and it takes me back to Christmases past. It is the star of the show and 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." The wise men followed the star that God had placed in the sky to find Baby 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."


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 is amazing to me! The sky had to be clear at night for months and the start had to guide the way, constantly on the move! Miracles all around!

The Christmas star symbolizes Jesus Christ. 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.


Wise men still seek Him!

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