Bible Ballistics: BBs #611 They Saw The Star And Followed!!!
I love the night sky—the stars, the moon, the wonder of light shining in the dark. How amazing that God uses truths of the sky to reveal to us the wonder of being light (and salt) in this world of darkness and corruption! God used a ‘star’ in the night sky to announce to wise men from the east, that the Jewish Messiah—the King of the Jews—had arrived. So, these men took off on an amazing journey to find this ‘newborn king’; they followed the star, and “rejoiced with exceeding great joy”, presenting their gifts as they had come “to worship him”! What about you? What are you following? Have you set your sights on the sinking sands of the world, or have you set your eyes on Jesus!
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin
which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run
that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus
of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before
him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down
at the right hand
of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Matthew records the strange arrival of these wisemen (and no, we don’t know how many or exactly where they came from) who came to worship the ‘newborn king’)!
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea
in the days of Herod the king,
behold, there came wise men from the east
Where is he
that is born King of the Jews?
for we have seen his star in the east,
and are come
to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2
So, my simple thoughts for us today are, have you seen HIS star? Have you come to bow down and worship HIM? Have you bowed your knee before this babe in the manger? Or are you missing the light that God sent to not only ‘show us the way’, but to BE the way? Will you follow the ‘star’ from the manger to the cross?
“When they had heard the king,
and, lo, the star,
which they saw in the east,
went before them,
till it came and stood
over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star,
they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And when they were come into the house,
they saw the young child with Mary his mother,
and fell down,
and worshipped him:
and when they had opened their treasures,
they presented unto him gifts;
and myrrh.” Matthew 2:9-11
I’m so glad Jesus took on flesh and blood and came to be our redeemer; paying our sin debt. Yet you and I must not only see the star but come to Him in repentance and faith; believing that He is the “Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”! He is the only “way”—the only “star” that leads to life. Won’t you make this your best Christmas ever, and come to HIM for salvation, if you haven’t already? And if you do know Him and His ‘redeeming grace’, won’t you determine to be a reflection of HIS light, love and truth? Let’s tie this up in a bow with a couple of passages that clearly reveal HIM for who HE is—not just a baby in a manger, but the LORD of ALL!
“Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way,
and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.” John 14:6
One of the most wonderful portraits of how to follow our “star”, Jesus, is painted by Paul in Philippians 2!
“Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery
to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation,
and took upon him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man,
he humbled himself,
and became obedient
even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
of things in heaven,
and things in earth,
and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ
to the glory
of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11
Merry Christmas—and may the “mind” of the Redeemer pervade your life! After all, the question isn’t “will you bow”; for “every knee” will bow; the question is, ‘will you bow before Him as your Lord and Savior now, while you have the opportunity?’; or ‘will you bow before HIM as your judge with no opportunity for salvation?’ The choice is yours but choose wisely—there is a test!
And one last word from the Apostle Peter who put it so concisely:
“Neither is there salvation in any other:
for there is none other name
given among men,
whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
It was true then, it’s still true today!
Amen and Amen!