Sunday, December 17, 2006

Morning Star

Matthew 2:10 (NIV)
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

2 Peter 1:19 (NIV)
19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the Morning Star rises in your hearts.

Revelation 22:16 (NIV)
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

Good morning!

Are you a stargazer? There is nothing more beautiful than sitting outside on a clear night and looking up into the sky. In parts of Texas, where you can see for miles around you, the night sky is filled with brilliant constellations, planets and stars. Through the years, Astronomers have studied the formation and position of stars and planets, seeking a greater understanding of their longevity and existence within our solar system.

Science teaches that stars form from high concentrations in interstellar gas clouds. The pull of gravity has a great effect on the size and position of a star. The biggest difference between a star and a planet is that stars emit a light from its interior caused by nuclear burning, where the planet shines only by a reflected light.

When our children were little, we bought packages of “glow-in-the-dark” star and planet stickers, strategically placing them on the ceiling above their beds. It was an awesome thing to see our children lie down on their beds at night and gaze at the brilliant stars blanketing their ceiling. Their soft hue brought great comfort to our children as they fell asleep at night.

The wise men, having traveled thousands of miles, were overcome with joy as they followed the star that led them to the Christ child and his family in Bethlehem. When they saw the baby Jesus, the wise men bowed down to worship their Savior and King. They recognized Jesus for who He is, and wanted nothing more than to witness His light in a dark and lonely world.

A morning star is a star that rises after midnight, welcoming the bright morning sun. Our Lord Jesus is the bright morning star of our faith. Christ’s light dispels the darkness of sin and death, overcoming evil and transforming our lives as we move toward the light. He will lead us back to the Father, if we are willing to seek Him.

Have you seen the light of Christ? Are you overjoyed with His amazing love? Will you choose to be wise and seek to follow the Morning Star today? Come see the Christ child with me. Let us worship the bright Morning Star together. I’ll see you at church!

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Pray for: The bright Morning Star to fill your life with His light, giving you a clear sense of direction, and hope for an even brighter tomorrow. May you find His light rising up in your heart today.

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