Star of Wonder, Star of Night

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 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.” — Matthew 2:1-2

Last night my husband and I stood outside, bundled in our jackets. He slipped an arm around my shoulders as we took in the sky show, our breath forming tiny “puff clouds.” Stars above twinkled and glistened like a blanket of crystal. Could I be gazing at the very star that portended Jesus’s arrival?

Conversation fell silent as we contemplated the sight.

Far away and long ago, a new star appeared in the sky that marked the birth of the King of kings. The wise men had heard the prophecies surrounding His birth, as told in Numbers 24:17 and Isaiah 60:3, and they heeded those words. They set out on a two-year mission, traveling only at night. It couldn’t have been easy. Their hope for the future fueled the journey.

As the heavens dazzled my eyes, I reflected on the dreams caught up in that particular star and all it represented. In Revelation 22:16, Jesus tells us He is “the bright Morning Star” (NIV).

I am blessed. I don’t need to cross deserts, craning my neck as I seek direction. I have Jesus guiding me all day, every day. His glory fills the celestial skies, even as His divine hope fills my heart.

Faith Step: Spend a few minutes tonight to enjoy the stars above and thank Jesus for the blessing of His special star.

Excerpted with permission from Mornings with Jesus 2022, copyright Guideposts.

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Your Turn

It’s Christmas Eve! What better time to gaze at the heavens like the generations before us who have sought Jesus and found Him, too, and worship Him wholeheartedly? Today, let’s focus our hearts on Jesus! Come share your thoughts with us. We want to hear from you! ~ Devotionals Daily

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