I bet most of the know the song “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” It’s a fun song to sing and may even have been sung to you as a lullaby when you were a baby. We also see lots of stars in decorations this time of year. They help us remember the star over Bethlehem when Jesus was born.
The people who lived in Jesus’ day were watching and waiting for the Messiah who had been promised by the prophets. Many of them watched the stars in the sky looking for a sign that would announce the coming of the Messiah. As you know, a star did appear announcing the birth of Jesus Christ. The shepherds saw it the night Jesus was born. Then the wise men saw that star, followed it, and found the Baby Jesus.
In our Bible reading today, (Matthew 11: 1-11) John the Baptist is in prison. He had heard reports about the miraculous things that Jesus was doing, so he sent some of his followers to ask Jesus, “Are you the one that we’ve been waiting for, or should we continue to look for someone else? Are you really the Messiah?”
Jesus told them, “Go back and tell John what you have seen and heard. The blind are made to see, the lame are able to walk, lepers are being cured, the deaf can hear, and even the dead are raised to life.”
One of the names given to Jesus is “Bright Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:16) Jesus is not a wishing star to whom we just say a prayer and make a wish. He is a star of hope. Our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people. Isn’t that wonderful that we have a Savior that helps and guides all of us every day of the year? He is our own shining star!
Let’s say our prayer. Heavenly Father, as we see the many stars in the decorations of this season may we be reminded that Jesus is the “Bright Morning Star” and that when we put our hope and trust in Him, our future is bright and secure. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
Ann Moody is pastor of Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church.
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