Starting well before Thanksgiving, the marketers have been pushing Christmas merchandise. It seems to me that merchants start earlier every year. Stars are often prominent among the season’s decorations. They top Christmas trees, hang in windows, are centerpieces in displays and advertisements, and etc. Unfortunately, across time, much of the message ‘the star’ represents has been tarnished or lost.
The true significance of the Christmas Star is found in Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus (2:1-10). Matthew tells of wise men from the east who had been following the star. They had followed the light of the star to Jerusalem. They inquired about the one “born King of the Jews.” They reported seeing His star in the heavens and had come to worship the newborn King. After conversations with the Jewish King, Herod, the wise men started toward Bethlehem. Again the star appeared and “went before them until it came and stood over where the young child was.”
One can only wonder how many thousands, perhaps millions, of people in that ancient world saw the incredible star. The light of the star most certainly would have been clearly visible to everyone. The people of that time would undoubtedly have been aware of the new light in the night sky. There is no record of anyone but the wise men that followed the light to the Christ Child.
We should learn a great spiritual truth from the Biblical account of the birth of the savior. It’s not the light we see, but the light we follow that counts. This Christmas season, we will all see the light of ‘stars’ on every hand. Will the light simply be another seasonal adornment or will we follow the spiritual light and find “a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” (Matthew 2:10)
~ Brother Roy