December 16th 2016 [day 16]
A STAR IS BORN
And now the star, which they had seen in the east, went in front of them as they traveled until at last it shone immediately above the place where the little child lay. The sight of the star filled them with indescribable joy. Matthew 2:9 [J.B. Phillips New Testament]
2 THEY SAW THE STAR AND REJOICED
I wonder how much rejoicing will go on on Christmas day compared to arguing, bickering, fighting, crying, shouting and complaining. That’s probably in some Christian households too! The Magi saw the star [the light] and rejoiced! The light is always a forerunner to encountering, entering into and experiencing the presence of God. Notice: “they followed the star!” [the light] “They rejoiced at the sight of the star!” [the light] But they didn’t worship the star! They worshiped Christ, the one whom the light pointed to!
Many worship the stars these days, be they astrological stars and star signs, or pop stars, film stars and dare I say it “Celebrity Christian stars!” and we know who they are!! Yes, can you believe it! Some people literally worship the stars in the sky! Some people express an act of devotion and worship of horoscopes and live their lives according to them and are guided by them! And dare I say it, [yes I will] some Christians look at their horoscopes and even worship the Bible [the light bearer] more than or as much as the Light of the world Himself! Yes I know the words of Christ will never pass away, but that’s only because “THE WORD” Himself endures forever! And it’s Him alone whom we must worship. [Luke 4:8]
APPLICATION: So please please may I encourage you all this Christmas time, that despite the hectic schedules, the tinsel, Turkey and trimmings of Christmas that you find some time to sit down, open the word, open your heart and mind to the word, then worship THE WORD OF GOD HIMSELF, “CHRIST”, THE ONE WHOM CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT.
PRAYER heavenly Father, I thank you for this day and especially for the Christ of this day. Thank you that you loved me/us so much that you gave the greatest gift that could ever be given. Your Son, my Saviour Christ Jesus. I pray your blessing upon every household this Christmas time, but especially on the house holds of faith. Amen
Light of the world You stepped down into darkness Opened my eyes, Let me see Beauty that made this heart adore you Hope of a life spent with you
Here I am to worship Here I am to bow down Here I am to say that you’re my God You’re altogether lovely Altogether worthy Altogether wonderful to me. [Tim Hughes]