This is the time of year when everyone is preparing for Christmas. Lights go up on the house, trees are decorated, and oh yes, Christmas cookies are made. You know, the sugar cookies decorated like snow men, trees, and candy canes? The ones with the sprinkles and frosting? You get the idea. Christmas carols are sung, gifts are purchased and wrapped. Yet its easy to loose the real meaning in all the activity isn't it?
In Luke chapter 2 we read of the arrival of the KING of KINGS and the LORD of LORDS, as Jesus was born in a stable. The Son of God became a man, so that we could one day become Sons of God. Angels sang His praises, shepherds came and worshipped Him. Yet Matthew is the only one who records what took place after the birth of Jesus. There was a group of wise men that were searching for the King who would be the Savior of the World. The Lord gave them a supernatural sign in creation of a star. That star led them right to Jesus. The Bible says that when they saw the star they rejoiced. Why? Because they were getting closer to Jesus. The closer they got the greater their joy became. Until when they finally saw Jesus they fell down and worshipped Him and presented their gifts to Him.
Folks today there is no star pointing people to the Savior. We are now the ones who are to shine in the darkness of this world, directing people to Jesus. Jesus said we are the light of the world. We are like a city that is set upon a hill that cannot be hidden.We aren't to hide our light but to let it shine. Daniel put it this way, "Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever." Daniel 12:3
May the Lord help us this Christmas season to shine brightly in the midst of the darkness.
Link to the JOY OF CHRISTMAS MESSAGE: The Search is Over: Matthew 2