Revelation 22:16 NIV
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Part 3
Morning Star is the name given to the planet Venus or some say Mercury when it appears in the East just before sunrise. In Matthew 2:2 we see another morning star appear, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” This star is Jesus Christ’s star which lead those to Him at the time of his birth. A star can be defined as a point of light in the night sky. Jesus came to be the light in our darkness. This season can be a season of darkness for many people who have lost loved ones who are no longer here to celebrate, some may have lost jobs with no money to spend, some may have experienced broken families through divorce and failed relationships, some may still be single and longing for a mate, some may be dealing with caring for sick family members, some may be dealing with troubled children or family members. In all circumstances and many more there are people feeling darkness right now during this advent season. The next few lines of our Christmas carol say:
O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by thine advent here
And drive away the shades of night
And pierce the clouds and bring us light
This advent season we are once again reminded of the hope that Jesus Christ brings. You may be feeling in a dark place but light is always present. When God created the earth He pushed out darkness. “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:2-3) God pushed darkness out of the earth and He desires to push it out of your life through Jesus Christ. As we read in Matthew 2 at Jesus birth people begin following him by way of the light, the morning star. As they followed Jesus, they worshiped him. I know some of you may not feel like it right now, but I invite you to pause and let’s take a praise and worship break….
Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the LORD, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD, my soul (Psalm 103)
If you are in a place of darkness, then I want to encourage you today to keep your eyes focused on the morning star, the light, the hope that we have in Jesus. Whatever circumstances you are facing remember there is a promise of hope in the Bible for it. Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” God Immanuel is with you and will not leave you where you are. Be blessed and be encouraged! Happy Advent!
Heavenly Father, we thank you for this Advent season as we reflect on all that was done by you through your son Jesus Christ. We thank you for being our bright morning star, our light when life seems dark. Today I lift up every reader feeling a disconnect from you, every reader feeling like all hope is lost, and every reader going through a dark season or has gone through a dark season this year. Thank you for reminding us today that you are our light. Touch each heart and mind to place their focus on you and not their circumstances and send hope where it seems distant or lost. In Jesus name. Amen
~Written by Felicia McKnight~
O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Whitney Houston – (click here)