Tuesday, December 19, 2000
"I shall see him, but not
now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there
shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out
of Israel . . . " (Numbers 24:17) --- "When
they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great
joy." (Matthew 2:10)
So numerous are the Old
Testament prophecies foretelling the coming of the Messiah . .
figuratively pointed to the coming of the "Messiah"
. . . is it
no wonder that the Matthew account of the birth of the Messiah
"Joy" to its appearance! Those who saw the new
"Star" in the heavenlies
realized that the "Joy" of Israel had been born to a
virgin as prophesied
so many years earlier . . . the Saviour Redeemer for Whom they
had waited so long in anticipation of His appearing.
That "Star" still
shines brightly in the lives of all the redeemed and fills
hearts with "exceeding great joy" even today! As the
Wise Men of old
sought Him by following the sign in the heavenlies, so do men
seek a "Star" looking for signs everywhere.
"Star of wonder, Star of
might! Star of royal beauty bright! Westward
leading, still proceeding! Guide us by Thy Perfect
There is a popular phrase that
is found on bumper stickers, notecards,
etc., "Wise Men Still Seek Him". The question is . .
. will they find Him
Father, the story of the
miraculous birth of the Messiah never grows old,
just as the "Star" has never grown dim. Lord, purge
me of all things that
would hinder Your light from shining brightly in me so I
and those who see me would behold nothing less than the
brightness of Your Glory.
Shine on, Light of the World . .
. shine on in me! Amen!
Have a blessed day!