Star Gazing

Bright LightsHave you ever noticed that to really see the stars at night, you have to get away from all the lights and signs and homes? To really see the stars at night, you have to go out to the country. There in the darkness, the stars come shining through.

Can you imagine the stars they could have seen in Jesus’ day? There was no electricity. There were no street lights, no car lights, no WalMart parking lots lit 24 hours a day. Every night, the dark black sky would be dotted with millions of stars.

And yet, among all those stars, the Wise Men noticed a special star – a star which led them to Bethlehem – a star which led them to their Savior Jesus.

With all our artificial lights today, I wonder if we would have even seen the Christmas star. With all our artificial lights today, we can actually lose sight of the true star of Christmas.

Just think about all those lights shining in our eyes during the Christmas season: homes covered in glowing lights, lighted signs announcing Christmas sales and pictures with Santa, car lights out on the road every evening trying to make every last holiday event.

But is that what Christmas was all about? Santa and shopping and family Christmas parties? Of course not! The star of Christmas is Jesus. Christmas is about our God loving us so much that he humbled himself to become one of us. Christmas is about our God being born in a barn to be crucified on a cross in order that we might have a home in heaven. Christmas is about the cross.

But all those lights glaring around us can distract us. We can so easily get caught up in the frenzy of the season that we forget who the star of Christmas is.

Christmas is now over for another year. We’re starting to take down our Christmas trees and lights. The frantic pace of the holidays is returning to the routine of daily life. That’s what makes right now a perfect time to quietly sit and reflect on what we just celebrated. Take a few minutes today to think about your Savior’s love for you that he was born in Bethlehem in order to die on Calvary.

And there, away from all the hustle and bustle, away from all the lights of this holiday season, you will be able to see the true star of Christmas.

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  2 comments for “Star Gazing

  1. Dad
    January 8, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    I like the play on words, double meaning for “star,” at least as I thought of it. “Star” as the bright and shining light of the world that leads us to our eternal home, and “star” as in leading person in the salvation drama. Reality to the max.

    • schroera
      January 8, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks, Dad.

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