Words from the Heart for Sunday August 9th, 2020
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 have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Matthew 2:1-2 (NKJV)
We Have Seen His Star
Most of us think of Jasper National Park in Alberta for its stunning mountains, glaciers and icy cold lakes. You may not realize that it is also one of the world’s largest dark-sky preserves. The park boasts very low light pollution and recurrent northern lights, making it an ideal spot for amateur astronomy. From the Jasper Planetarium to the Dark Sky Festival held annually in October, there are plenty of opportunities to gaze at the stars. The sky is there is a breathtaking sight.
The Bible tells us that when Jesus was born it was night. His birth is marked by shepherds in the field and tons of light. The angels blazed with the light of Glory, the stars were shining. It was a sign that Jesus, the Light of the world, had arrived. So it wasn’t surprising that when God wanted to bring the Magi to meet Jesus, He did so with a star. Matthew 2:1-2 tells us: “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 have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’” A light brought the astrologers to the Creator of the stars. These wise men studied the night sky. They knew the constellations and could measure the seasons by them. But spiritually they were walking in darkness. So God led them by a light, to the Light, and they came to worship. God draws us to Jesus as well, so that like the wise men, we too can worship the Light of the World.
These have been words from the heart.