The Birth of the Light of the World
Posted: Sunday, December 24th, 2017Print
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A collection of devotions written in celebration of various holidays, such as Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. May this holiday manna bless you!
Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east at its rising and have come to worship Him.
Matthew 2:2 AMPC
The heavens announced the birth of Light. With Light…
Wise Men Follow Light
“His star” the wise men called it. Gentiles rulers, willing to follow a heavenly sign at great cost and foolish risk. They followed the Star for months.
Daniel Promised the Light
Heaven led their journey – students and believers in Daniel’s God.
Seeds of promise left to heathens from Daniel’s vision of Heavenly Thrones, kept alive for six centuries, a hope passed down to generations as something so real, its certainty never waned. Foreign faith, amazingly sure of the Coming Messiah and the sign in the firmament of “His star.”
…and the star which had been seen in the east in its rising went before them until it came and stood over the place where the young Child was.
Matthew 2:9 AMPC
Those who watch heaven’s light, and follow its direction, find the Christ…and worship.
When they saw the star, they were thrilled with ecstatic joy.
Matthew 2:10 AMPC
…they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
The Holy Spirit records the exuberant thrill of three great and wealthy kings, who simply followed and humbly believed in a greater King: the highest. The long journey, the great exertion, the preposterous risk (following a star?)—and now they had found Him, the One for whom they had waited more than 600 years!
“King of the Jews” they called Him, recognizing, knowing, believing Him more deeply than His own people.
Not just prophet, not like human Daniel, but THE KING had come – at long last – and they beheld Him!
…and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then opening their treasure bags they presented to Him gifts…
Such ecstasy we can barely glimpse, we who know this as a play in school, a yearly story, the wonder of it lost in familiarity.