Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

The  Coming : Shining Star.
Matthew 2:1-11

Dr. George Abraham

Carmel MTC, Boston, MA

"....after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” 

 
Journals refer to a star as an intensely luminous globe of plasma held together by gravity.  At its core, it is a huge mass of gaseous material composed primarily of hydrogen, along with helium and trace amounts of heavier elements.
 

A star signifies positive energy.  A ‘starry’ sky is synonymous with a beautiful night, a fireworks display is intended to mimic the constellation of stars in the sky.  Stars are a positive reinforcement of exceptional performance, academic excellence is rewarded with a star.  We have film stars, sports stars, stars in every walk of life, the term representing an exceptional achiever.

 
The most recent craze has been ‘Star Wars’, banner headlines in news and social media.  Characters such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, etc. dominate the conversation and have created a media frenzy.
 In this day and age, using a GPS or Google Maps gets us from one place to another, but a century ago, sailors used the position of stars in the sky and their compass to help navigate uncharted waters.

Amid the commercial clamour that confounds Christmas, the ‘Star of Bethlehem’, that forms the basis of our meditation today, has several connotations that merit reflection.
The star was a symbol of Christ’s birth, the wise men saw the star as different from all other stars, suggesting this was a special event.  Jesus Christ, was the invaluable gift from God to humankind, and needed to be signalled by an unusual phenomenon, a ‘star’.
 The star gave direction to the wise men, they followed it to arrive at the stable where Christ was born.  Even today, the ‘star’ that represents God’s word to us, gives us direction, if we choose to heed it, in all our decisions and deliberations, our corporate and family life.

The star gave light as it came to rest over the place where Christ was born.  Every day in our lives, that same star can continue to give light and illumine God’s will in our daily walk with him.
In this advent season, as we sing carols, share friendship, good food, gifts, etc.  let us not forget the ‘star’ that heralded Christ’s coming into this world.  As we stand at the threshold of another year, may this ‘star’ guide us in His will for our lives.
Star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to Thy perfect Light.

PRAYER

Gracious God, we thank You for the ‘star’ in our lives, Jesus Christ.  May His light illuminate all the dark areas of our heart and may He give us direction in our walk with You.  Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
 
The ‘star’ that heralded Christ coming into this world represents God’s word to us, gives us direction in all our decisions if we choose to heed it.