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Walk While You Have the Light

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” (Matthew 2:10)

The wise men of the east saw a star in the sky that was not common, one that had not before been seen, and they knew that this star had significance. The wise men were astrologers and new the night sky well. They knew that this was an unusual sight and that it was a sign from the heavens of an event of great importance. It is probable that they were aware of the writings of the Prophet Daniel who centuries before had lived in the Babylonian Empire. Maybe they knew that it was a sign of a great King from reading the Scriptures in Numbers. “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; A star shall come forth from Jacob, A scepter shall rise from Israel, And shall crush through the forehead of Moab, And tear down all the sons of Sheth.” (Numbers 24:17) For either reason they felt called to make the long journey from what is believed to be Persia to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Where else would a great King for the Jews be born?

Some have said that the star was a meteor that flew close to the ground and led them on their way. Others have said it was a star that pointed them to Jerusalem and then left when they arrived. Jerusalem was the logical place for a King to be born and it was the custom in that time to go and pay homage to a new king. They went to the palace of King Herod to inquire and not wanting to seem uniformed King Herod inquired of the scribes and found that the Child was to be born in Bethlehem according to the Prophet. “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” (Micah 5:2)

King Herod told the Wise Men that the Child would be found in the town of Bethlehem, they were told to search carefully and report back to Herod that he too may come and worship the new born king. It is said then the Star appeared once again and led the Wise Men to where the Child was and the Star rested over that place. When the Star had reappeared the Wise Men were filled with rejoicing and their hearts were filled with joy for now they knew they were under heavenly guidance.

Many are directed by divine guidance along long or short journeys, as God is in control of the events in history. All is the Lord’s as He is the Creator and controller of all things. If it was of God’s good pleasure that Wise Men from the east should seek Him, then it is of His will that He should direct their path. “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11) This being the truth it is of good advice for men to acknowledge their ways before the Lord. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6)

If we seek the Lord, if we seek Him as our Savior, then we will find Him. Even when for a time the light is withdrawn it will yet appear again. There have been many that have sought and become discouraged and have given up. But Jesus is always calling and stands at the door to the heart knocking. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20) But we have to open the door and let Him come in. it is a matter of the heart. Do we seek Him with all our heart and all our soul? “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29) If finding Him is our hearts desire, then He will direct our paths.

Being led to the Savior is a joyful event, a life changing event, and a new life is opened before us. Jesus is the only way, there is no other. Some may think this way is a needle in the haystack but this is not so. His way is not a part of the noise of the world but in the quietness of a loving whisper. A soft and tender word spoken in truth, the truth that will set your free from the bondage of sin, the guilt of conscience, and the despair of a purposeless life. When we find Jesus we find the only way. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)

As the Star guided the Wise Men to the place where the Child of God was their hearts overflowed with joy and praise. If we search the Light it too will guild us to the Savior. When we find Him we will be aware of our humanity and humbly bow down and worship Him in thankfulness and praise. For we have seen His Light and never again to be lost in the darkness. “So Jesus said to them, “For a little while longer the Light is among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. “While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of Light.” (John 12:35-36)

As the Wise Men had come into the presence of Jesus, and realized that He would become the King of kings, they were filled with joy and bowed down and worshiped Him. When anyone comes into the presence of their eternal Savior, they cannot help as the wise ones but leave upon another way for their life. “And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.” (Matthew 2:12)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, December 27, 2015

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