…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. (Matthew 2:2)
It’s always amazing to me, the inflated feeling of power people feel when then get into a room and sit on a committee. A while ago, a scientific group basically revoked Pluto’s planetary status. That’s right Pluto is no longer the ninth rock from the Sun – it’s just Mickey’s dog. That’s about it! A classic example of when good science goes bad, but more about that later.
When I was a kid, my Mom always tried to make Christmas special. We would have a tree and put our decorations plus all my homemade ornaments on it. Once it was all finished, I’d put the star on top of the tree. I can remember the good feeling when that glittering final touch was in position. That star still remains vivid in my early memories, in fact it moves me! The Star of Bethlehem still fascinates as well. There have been skeptics, scoffers and saints alike, who have wondered about it. Every year around Christmastime, explanations appear in the media which claims to give scientific explanations of this celestial phenomenon. I guess it’s still a “Star of wonder.” Scientists can only investigate natural phenomena, but the Star was a supernatural phenomena.
I believe in star power, more specifically the Star of Bethlehem’s power, so did Matthew. He wrote about it in his Gospel (Matthew 2). He had good reason to.
Here’s 5 reasons perhaps why Matthew couldn’t resist:
1) All normal stars move from East to West, but this star was carried from North to South (it moved from Persia to Palestine).
2) The Star was only seen by a select few who put their lives on the line for it (the mysterious Magi).
3) The Star does not only appear at night, but at midday while the sun was shining.
4) The Star appeared, disappeared, and reappeared when they left Herod.
5) The Star came out (and down) to indicate a specific spot. How does a star point out a location so confined as the space of a manger? (I dunno!) The Star was an instrument of God!
The Magi (the wise men), served as advisers making forecasts and predictions for royal courts based on their study of the stars. Many believed that the Magi were aware of an obscure prophecy by Balaam (Numbers 24:17), that spoke of “a Star shall come out of Jacob.” The sky is filled with stars. What compelled the Magi to drop everything and embark upon a long, arduous journey tracking a luminous celestial GPS-like object in the sky? They believed the Star was a celestial message. A star was created to be a sign and inaugurate new seasons (Genesis 1:14). This next year, 2015, will no doubt be an eventful year. A lot of things will shift to get God’s army into a ready position. Like the (Gentile) Magi, something glorious is going to arise over God’s people and the unwon will be drawn to their brightness (Isaiah 60:3). In order to tap into God’s rising light, wise men must DO THIS NOW!
A) The first thing the wise men had to do to see the Star was to look up.
Maybe others could have seen it as well but were too “caught down” to be caught up. We must lift the eyes of our understanding beyond the limitations of this world. The more surrendered a person becomes to the source of the power, the more purely it reveals itself. Ask the Father to give you new lenses to see the divine disclosures that Heaven has for you.
B) The second thing the wise men did is they were willing to follow the Star into another realm beyond.
You must also be ready to break beyond the well-worn path of familiarity. Get ready for no-limit living and a new track that the Holy Spirit will set you on. The Magi were confident. Men of lesser calling would have been mocked by Herod’s court for having claimed that a star had led them, but the Magi were convinced. Modern America comes to embarrass you out of your witness and experience unless you are convicted of your assignment. Let’s get beyond embarrassment–today!
C) The third thing the wise men did was, even after encountering the misrepresentation of corrupt leaders with hindering agendas, stay in harmony with Heaven.
You and I mustn’t allow anything or anyone to cause us to give up the velocity of our spiritual pursuits. The Magi made adjustments and so must you. We must also discern the pseudo-searchers who pretend to go after Truth, but really have a side agenda (like Herod). The Magi ultimately located that ultimate spiritual place where Christ was found, the Star is the signaling of a new spiritual era. The Star is the hope of rest. The Star is your ticket to your destiny. The bottom line of their story is that the Star moved the Magi. Does it still move you?
P.S. We have had a very blessed and fruitful year. God has been so merciful. We want to thank you for your awesome support. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Grace & Peace,