His Name IS Advent Devotion: Day 7
Jesus is the Bright Morning Star, the Light of the world.
Isaiah 9:2 and Numbers 24:17 are two prophecies that speak of Jesus as a great light and a star:
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone. —Isaiah 9:2
I see him, but not now;
I behold him, but not near:
a star shall come out of Jacob,
and a scepter shall rise out of Israel. —Numbers 24:17
Let’s read through some cross-reference verses that speak to Jesus being the Light and a Bright Morning Star:
- Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. —Matthew 2:1-2
- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. —John 1:1-5
- The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. —John 1:9
- But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light—1 Peter 2:9
- “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star. —Revelation 22:16
“There are two daysprings in the world’s past and future history. One is when Jesus Christ came into the world to shine His light in our hearts. The second will be when He will come again in glory as the bright and morning star. We shall then be indeed as shining stars of varying degrees.” (Complete Word Study Bible Dictionary)
Is Jesus shining bright in your heart and life this Christmas season? Be encouraged today that in Jesus you have been called out of darkness and into His marvelous light! The True Light has overcome the darkness of the world and the darkness of sin in our hearts.
Is God calling you to be light to someone in your life this Christmas season? We have reason to rejoice in Jesus —the Light, who has rescued us out of a world of darkness. His great light in our lives should be reflected to those around us.
Read through the following examples in the Christmas story of this who encountered the Bright Morning Star.
Matthew 2:1-11: The wise men who traveled a great distance, following a bright star to the baby Jesus. And when they found Him, their response was to bow down in worship and present Him with gifts.
Luke 2:8-15: The shepherds who were quietly tending their flock at night and the bright light of the glory of the Lord shown around them. They were filled with fear and awe. They followed the angel’s instructions and found the baby Jesus in a humble manger. And when they found Him, they rejoiced and returned praising and glorifying God.
Worship Him today!
Remember, all the rushing and impatience of NOW! causes us to miss the joy of the moment. Let’s commit to being intentional this Christmas season, to not allow the hurried and harried NOW! attitude rob us of the joy and peace Jesus has for us in the moment. Slow down and soak in the presence of Jesus —Immanuel, God with us. His presence renews, refreshes and enables us to rejoice in the ALL the moments of this often harried and hurried season.
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This post was first published on Get Real on December 8. 2014.