We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth….
A bright star appeared in the eastern skies to herald the newborn King.
God didn’t leave anything out in trying to reach humanity.
The scholarly Magi, exceptionally intelligent and scientifically gifted, were entralled with the wonder of this star. Why did it appear? What is the meaning behind it?
So they studied, and read old manuscripts and texts, and decided they needed to travel to where the star seemed to be hovering.
Only God could make a star suddenly erupt into the night sky, and have it keep its place.
There is only one main event that God wanted highlighted on the earth- the arrival of Jesus, God with us.
But it appears only three wise men noticed, for we don’t read that they were representatives of a bigger group. Just three wise men wonderstruck at the thought of meeting a king whose coming was announced in the heavens.
Nor knowing what this would look like, only following the prompting to come, they headed on their journey. Likely a longer journey, similar to Joseph and Mary’s. Uncertain about all the details save one: a king was being born.
The star shone the way.
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This star was not just a sign for the times, or these wise men, but for all generations who read the Christmas story.
It shines for all to gaze at the wonder of its Creator.
For we worship a God who not only caused a star to emerge at exactly the right time, but this same God sent His son to become flesh and emerge as a babe into our world.
The King who stepped off His throne to be wrapped in humble garments. The Mighty One who limited Himself into human form, a wee baby, and entrusted Himself to a young couple to raise Him.
The star to me signals how much God loves to highlight His son, whom He adores.
Wonder with me at how much He loves us to have set Advent into action.
God in all His majesty, might and power shone a star spotlight on Jesus’ birth.
Reminding us of His love, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
Calling us to come & see.
May we never lose the wonder at the whole of this amazing, wonder filled, awesome true story!
But the star was only one part of the wonder to appear that night….