Matt.2:9,10 – After hearing the king, they went on their way; and behold, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on ahead of them until it came to a stop over the place where the Child was to be found. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

This description of signs in the heavens is quite stunning. The star ‘went on ahead of them’; have you ever had a star go on ahead of you? Creation was announcing the unthinkable, the creator Himself had entered into creation. Why wouldn’t the stars announce something so profound, on second thought they had to. The Son of God had come, a virgin had birthed a baby, the ancient prophecies had been fulfilled; nothing like this had ever happened but now it had. Most of us have heard the story so many times that we have grown dull to its magnificence. I know I have been guilty of that. My dad used to read the Christmas story to us on Christmas Eve. All I can remember was hurry up so we can get on with the presents. If this story is really true then I have to take notice, maybe the rest of the story is about to happen. What is the rest of the story? You know, the Second Coming and the judgement of the earth. Here is how Chrysostom describes this event.

“In this way marvel was linked to marvel: the magi were worshiping, the star was going before them. All this is enough to captivate a heart made of stone. If it had been only the wise men or only the prophets or only the angels who had said these things, they might have been disbelieved. But now with all this confluence of varied evidence, even the most skeptical mouths are stopped. Moreover, the star, when it stood over the child, held still. This itself demonstrates a power greater than any star: first to hide itself, then to appear, then to stand still. From this all who beheld were encouraged to believe. This is why the magi rejoiced. They found what they were seeking. They had proved to be messengers of truth. Their long journey was not without fruit. Their longing for the Anointed One was fulfilled. He who was born was divine. They recognized this in their worship.”

Christmas is drawing near and the earth is waiting. His Second Coming is approaching and creation is singing, “Joy to the world the Lord is come, let earth receive her King”.

2 thoughts on “FOLLOW THE STAR”

  1. AMEN!PASTOR JUST HEARING THOSE WORDS JOY TO THE WORLD THE LORD IS COME! I FEEL THE PRESENCE OF JESUS AROUND ME AND GET A FEELING OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP TO THE ALMIGHTY GOD! WHEN I LOOK UP IN THE SKY AT NIGHT I SEE A BIG BRIGHT SHINING STAR I FEEL HIS PRESENCE EVEN MORE GLORY BE TO GOD!🙏👏🙌👐❤

  2. What joy these wise men felt upon this sight of the star, none know so well as those who, after a long and melancholy night of temptation and desertion, under the power of a spirit of bondage, at length receive the Spirit of adoption, witnessing with their spirits that they are the children of God.- Matthew Henry

    The Star still guides us home..

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