2012-01-05 - Following the Star
The Gospel of Matthew tells us that the Magi followed a star to find Jesus. Historically the church has commemorated this event on Epiphany, which falls on January 6th, though many Biblical scholars believe it could have occurred up to two years after Jesus' birth. The wise men said, "We saw his star in the East, and have come to worship him." (Matthew 2:2, NIV) God used a bright light in the sky to guide the Magi to Jesus. The wise men, who were astronomers or astrologers, studied the skies to correlate planetary and stellar observations with historical events. They were also learned in the Old Testament prophecies that told of the promised Messiah. So God used this special star to guide them to Jesus.
In the Old Testament, God used a burning bush to draw Moses' attention. Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight--why the bush does not burn up." (Exodus 3:5, NIV) When Moses examined the bush, God called out to him. God told Moses of His special plans for him.
What does God use to guide us to Him today? We don't look to brilliant stars in the sky, or burning bushes that lead us to Him. Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit to guide us. God speaks to us through His Word, through Sunday school lessons, through sermons, through music, and through the kind words of believers. How is God calling you? How can God use you to call others to Him?