Long lay the world in darkness until the prophesied light pierced the heavy shroud of night. How appropriate that the arrival of the Light of the World should be heralded by an unusually bright light in the heavens; a star which led the magi on a search for the King of the Jews.
The prophecy of Balaam was well known by the Jews and they expected the Messiah’s coming to be preceded by an extraordinary star:
“I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; A star shall come forth from Jacob, A scepter shall rise from Israel . . .” (Numbers 24:17).
The magi were from an ancient religious sect who studied the stars and probably knew Balaam’s prophecy as well. Although they were Gentiles, they recognized the significance of the heavenly sign and were included in the nativity story as worshippers of the new-born King.
Not only was his birth heralded by a star, He is referred to in Scripture as the “Morning Star” as well as the “Light of the World.”
“So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19)
Jesus said of Himself, “I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness” (John 12:46).
The Apostle Paul gives us these observations:
“For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
“But now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel . . .” (2 Timothy 1:10).
Although this world still gropes in darkness, as believers we can confidently navigate through the blackest of nights with the Light of the World as our sure guide.
“Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!” (Psalm 43:3)
At the conclusion of the revealing of the most horrific terrors this world will ever know, Jesus brings assurance to His own with these words:
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star” (Revelation 22:16).
Today, please don’t venture into your day without looking to Him, the Morning Star, depending on the light of His Word to be the lamp for your feet, and carry the light of the gospel as you go.