“After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:9-11 ESV
Our third entry in our advent special, focuses on the theme of joy and the story of the wise men, with specific reference to the role of the star. In today’s reading, we see that the star had two roles:
Offer guidance and direction - it was the star that acted as a GPS in order for the wise men to locate Jesus.
To be a sign of worship and joy - it was upon seeing the star that the wise men rejoiced with joy and fell down and worshipped Jesus, offering him gifts of gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense (an incense) as a symbol of deity, and myrrh (an embalming oil) as a symbol of His death.
In Revelation 22:16, Jesus describes himself as “the bright morning star”, which suggests that Jesus himself is the full manifestation of the experience had by the wise men.
It is my prayer that during this advent season and into 2019, you will experience the guidance, direction and joy that comes from following Jesus, the bright morning star, the star that outshines all the others. Jesus, as God incarnate, the Lord of the universe, is the BRIGHT and morning star. Jesus is the most holy and powerful “light” in all the universe. Jesus is the light of the world (John 9:5). Only Jesus’ light is “bright” and self-existent.
Therefore, as followers of Christ, let our lights also shine brightly this Christmas so that people may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).