by Stephen F. Olford
Text: "We have seen His star" (Matthew 2:2, see verses 1-12)
Thoughts: There are three mentions of the star of Christmas in this chapter. Considered in the sequence in which they occur, they represent:
1. The Guiding Star of Christmas. "We have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him" (v. 2). The wise men would never have been able to find, see, or worship King Jesus without the guiding star. They covered vast distances and varied dangers to find the Savior-King. God has given us a brilliant star to guide our thinking and believing about King Jesus-the Savior of the world. That star is Christmas Day. All Christian history dates from the birth of Jesus.
2. The Guarding Star of Christmas. "When they heard the king [Herod], they departed; and behold, the star…stood over where the young Child was" (v. 9). It is not without significance that the star appeared after they left King Herod. Later the wise men were warned in a dream not to return to Herod. We thank God that Christmas Day comes around every year to remind us of the fundamental doctrines of our Christian faith. We are thus guarded from the evil intentions of the enemy (Herod) to distract our minds and destroy our faith concerning the Babe of Bethlehem who became the Christ of Calvary and Lord of Victory.
3. The Gladdening Star of Christmas. "When they saw the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy" (v. 10). The Christmas star always leads to Jesus. Those of us who see through all the commercialism and commotion of this season of the year - to the historical facts of the Savior's birth, subsequent life, death, and resurrection cannot but "rejoice with exceeding joy!" Let us welcome, once again, the star of Christmas as the birth of our Savior is celebrated in this year of our Lord!
Thrust: As with gladness men of old Did the guiding star behold; As with joy they hailed its light, Leading onward, beaming bright, So, now gracious Lord, may we, Even more be led to Thee. - William C. Dix