Matthew 2:9,10--After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen in the east! It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed beyond measure.
It seems rather preposterous! What rational, intelligent men would climb aboard camels loaded with gifts and trek for who knows how long to worship an unknown king simply because a special star was spotted in the sky? They came from the east to Jerusalem in faith and caused quite a commotion with their heartfelt question, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” Their faith was rewarded. Their journey was not in vain. They were afforded the privilege of bowing before Baby God—the Creator of the Universe who willingly chose to become like us. How fitting that a star should herald His arrival.
We need no star today. God in His infinite wisdom chose to make those who would follow His Son, light to a darkened world. The proof that Jesus is God’s Son, the greatest Man who ever lived on earth is demonstrated in the lives of those changed by the Savior. Our globe is continuously punctuated by shining disciples who offer themselves as living sacrifices—gifts worth more to God than gold, incense and myrrh. We become lights as we surrender our hearts to Jesus and worship Him who alone gives peace to replace turmoil, hope to erase despair, love to eliminate emptiness and faith to live beyond death. So let your light shine! Forget about those tiny bulbs wrapped around your Christmas tree. Your bulb is far more important for all the world to see! IF you will let the Son influence you, your luminescence will be inspirational! Merry Christmas and may God’s blessings be upon you this season and forever.
Jesus Christ is, beyond all reasonable question, the greatest Man who ever lived. The greatness of a man is to be estimated by two things; first, by the extent of his influence upon mankind, and secondly—for no one is altogether great who is not also good—by the purity and dignity of his character. Tried by both these tests, Jesus is supreme among men. He is at once the most influential and the best of Mankind.—P. Carnegie Simpson inThe Fact of Christ
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)