Sunday, December 21, 2014


…shines brighter than all the stars in the sky. May His light reach your heart this holy season.


Starry-eyed and waiting

Imagine the shepherds watching over their sheep on the night Jesus was born. Their thoughts reflected those of their Jewish ancestors—wondering when their Messiah would come. As they mingled with the sheep, they couldn’t help but look up into the star-studded sky—waiting.

When an angel appeared, the shepherds nearly panicked until the angel reassured them. Their fear evaporated with the stunning news that … yes, their long-awaited Messiah had appeared. Imagine them hurrying to the stable, blending their voices with the indescribable beauty of angel-song: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14)

Imagine the wisemen, deciding after a lifetime of studying the position of the stars that the Messiah would soon appear. When they saw the brilliant star in the sky, they headed out, knowing it would lead them to the Messiah. Though their trip was long and perhaps dangerous, they took valuable gifts for the Christ-child—gold, frankincense,and  myrhh. 

 Imagine hearing the same angels that sang for the shepherds, unlimited in number, singing for us. “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing! … Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:12-13)

We can’t hear the angels yet, but while we’re still on earth, we can look up into the night sky with wonder at the brilliance of God’s creation. The stars and planets and Milky Way each offer us a glimpse of the Messiah. “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the … Bright and Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:16)

Meanwhile, we wait joyfully for the fulfillment of Jesus’ return to earth. As long as we keep looking up with unwavering focus, with joy and expectation, we can be assured of His appearance. Our faithful waiting can extend through the Christmas season into each day thereafter. Like the shepherds and wisemen rewarded with the gift of Jesus in person, we too will one day see Him face to face.

Lord, thank You for Your love and salvation. Fill our minds and hearts with the same joy and anticipation of Your return that the shepherds and wisemen experienced. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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