Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.”
Thought for the Day: Let the light in the night sky lead your heart to Jesus.
Over the past couple of months, news about the “Super Moon” had friends and photographers grabbing their cameras to take many awesome photographs we saw on Facebook and on the news channels. I was one of those as well, although my images did not turn out as vibrant as the others. As that night progressed, I took my camera out every few minutes to see if I could get a good view of that wonderful moon. It was built up for several weeks before the night came and the night came and went. We had great photographs to look at but it didn’t really change anything. But one night over two thousand years ago, another bright light lit up the night sky. That star appeared leading the wise men to the place where Baby Jesus laid. They followed the star to Bethlehem where they brought Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. That star, that bright and glorious star, led the wise men to Jesus and it did indeed change everything. There were no pictures of the star, there were no newscasts telling of its coming, but it changed everything. There were no pictures of the Baby Jesus, there were no newscasts telling of the birth, but it changed everything.
As I think about that event that changed everything, I reflect about how it has affected me. That baby, that sweet Baby Jesus, changed me. I would have been a totally different person if Jesus had not been in my life. I have always known about Baby Jesus and Christmas, and that knowledge has formed my life. God sent His Son in the form of a baby to live on earth and to die to save us from our sins. I have seen the bright light, not in the sky, but in my faith and love of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Father, our Father! Thank you for bringing Your bright and glorious “star” in our night sky to bring our hearts to Jesus. We may not have seen that light as the wise men saw that night long ago, but we have seen that bright light in our hearts. Thank you for Jesus. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those needing to see the star