The star of Christmas
Matthew 2:1-12 “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Some thoughts on what it would be like to follow a star:
- Stars don’t move our planet moves
- Stars can be charted and predicted where their location would be
- Travelers would use stars as a sort of map o guide them
- There must have been something much different about this star
- It couldn’t have moved like other stars
- Impossible to follow stars as they change location in the sky as the earth moved.
- Impossible to follow star during the day
- Go in the direction it was during the day and readjust at night.
The reason these men must have dropped everything and go on a potential two year star trek to the west is that there was a hope that arose in them:
- A hope for a great king
- A hope for a savior
- A hope for great beginnings
These “wise men” were willing to drop everything and go just to see this future hope.
- They did not stay
- They did not try to help
- They did not try to become part of this new Kingdom
Verse ten tells us they were overjoyed!
That is Jesus:
- He has changed countless lives
- He has given hope to the hopeless
- Those who have found him are never the same again
3. The star brought guidance
These men were probably lost during the day
- They would move in the direction of the star
- At night they would have to get their bearings back
- How many rivers and mountains did they have to go over and around
- How much money did a trip like this cost?
Matthew 14:25-31 “Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “Oh, You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
We have to keep our eyes on Christ:
- He is the guiding light through this crazy world
- He is the one who gives us hope in the midst of hopelessness
- He is the one who brings us to true meaning and purpose in life.
JESUS IS MORE THAN THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.
HE IS THE SOURCE OF HOPE AND JOY FOR ALL THE WORLD TO FOLLOW.