Westminster Theological Seminary Devotional - 97-11-17 - Get Some Light From This Star

The Glaring, Encouraging Star and Some Wise Guys Series, Part 2

"Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him..." Matthew 2: 1, 2

An expected comet, or a miraculous event? What was this star? Suppose this star was about to go ballistic and reach its zenith...why was it not seen at Jerusalem, but only at Bethlehem? It appears that this star is part of the miracle of the incarnation and specific to it. I know of nothing that prevents the thought, (yet I have never heard anyone support this or purpose this) that this star could not have been the Holy Spirit, as the Spirit descended as a dove at Christ's baptism. Chrysostom and the early church fathers, suppose that which the Scripture does not assert, that the star was as bright in the day as it was at night. God used a star to bring people to His Son.

This must teach us a lesson. Today we have the great commission. "Go into all the world..." What if we do not go? What if no one goes? What if the gospel is no longer preached? Here is comfort for any and all of our failings in showing Christ to others.God used a star to draw people to His Son. If we extend the metaphor and believe in the sovereignty of God, what prohibits God from using a Michelin tire, a chocolate cake, or a poodle from drawing people to His Son. The Lord our God is a saving God. In the past He has used a star to draw people to Christ, who can fathom what He might be using today. Who will limit God? Where we might fail, God is faithful. However, this does not exonerate us from telling the good tale of the Gospel of salvation. Sure, God can use spark plug to draw someone to Himself, but that is not the ordinary manner of doing so. The ordinary manner is the faithful preaching of the Word of God. We must not look to the unusual for God's working, He does that in surprising instances and at times that will catch us off guard, instances we cannot plan for. Rather look to the New Testament manner; The Word is preached, the people repent. Here is a lesson from the star, it is an extraordinary act of God to draw people to His Son. What a privilege it is that we might be used to such an end.

"Grace is not native but donative." William Jenkyn

Soli Deo Gloria,