This morning as I rode my bike through the streets and over the countryside of the quiet predawn I saw just one star shining in the East. It reminded me of the star that the Magi saw and followed to the Christ child being born in Bethlehem. It was bright in a sky filled with clouds. As Christmas approaches we can think of wonderful carols that speak of this star.
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.
O star of wonder, star of night,
Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.
This star of wonder and night that is of royal beauty bright of course is speaking about a miraculous leading to the One light of the world, Jesus Christ.
O little town of Bethlehem How still we see thee lie Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight
These words elicit the tranquility of the night that brought the “Light of the World.”
Isaiah 9:2-3 reminds us, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you.” We all walk in darkness until we see the “Light” that is Christ.
“God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus purifies us of all sin” (1 John 1:5-10).
What an incredible promise and admonition to follow Him and walk in the light that brings healing and freedom of life and life eternal.
This Christmas, look to the heavens and see the only star that brings light and life.