S-December 17th

is for Star

After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. -Matthew 2:9

Activity: Follow My Example. Give each person 30 seconds to be the leader. While the leader, everyone else is to impersonate that person and do whatever they do.

Have you ever been on a road trip when your whole family realizes they are lost? It doesn’t happen as often now-a-days thanks to the fancy maps on our phones but when we unexpectedly find that a road is closed or our map stops working, we can find ourselves wandering around, looking for clues or maybe a person to point us in the right direction.

The wise men of the Bible, didn’t have fancy phones, they only had old books and a star. Once they saw the star, they journeyed to Jerusalem where they stopped to ask directions. They received directions from the book of Isaiah that stated that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. The Word of God pointed them right to Jesus.

The Bible points us to Jesus too, on every single page! But we are so helpless that we can’t even find our own way to God. The Bible tells us that because of our sin, we are lost and wandering, like a helpless sheep wandering away from the shepherd. On our own, we are so helpless, and hopeless, that Jesus himself had to come to earth to save us and guide us back to God.

The Bible uses stars to represent God’s People. In Genesis 18 God has Abraham look up at the stars and tells him to count them. That was how many descendants Abraham would have. The book of Daniel 12:3 says that the wise in Christ will shine like the stars. Psalm 147:4 says that God knows the name of each-and-every one of those stars. One of those stars has your name.

God calls us to be stars. To point those around us to the Word of God. To share the good news of scripture so that all people can know the love that God has for every person.

Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for your Word that points us to Jesus. Help us to share that word with others. In Jesus’ name we pray, AMEN.

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