“I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” (Revelation 22:16)
There are times when we need rest and relaxation, when we need to get away from it all so that we can begin an inner rebuilding; especially after some distressing experience. At such times we need to lift our eyes from our troubled earth and look up to God, the Father of lights.
After Harry Lauder, the famous Scottish singer and entertainer had lost two sons in World War I, he went to Australia to be by himself in order to sort things out. While out walking one evening, he passed several homes that displayed blue stars (indicating sons serving in the armed forces), and even gold stars (indicating sons who died in battle) in their windows, reminding him of other parents’ sacrifices. Then looking up and seeing a bright star shining in the sky, he recalled to his great comfort that the heavenly Father too had given up His Son for the salvation of mankind.
Jesus Christ is God’s Gold star, the bright Morning Star in God’s heaven. His coming had been foretold in these words: “A star will come out of Jacob” (Numbers 24:17). This prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus Christ came into our world as the Savior. When we believe in Him, we see light, for as the apostle says, “the Morning Star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19).
When we have experienced bitter disappointments and tragic losses, it’s good to look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. He is God’s Gold Star who died for us and rose again. He is, if you will, God’s Superstar!
PRAYER: Father in heaven, when we are weak and heavy-laden, remind us to look up to Jesus, our bright Morning Star. Amen.
(Taken from “Our Journey with Jesus” (out of print), copyright 1976, International Lutheran Laymen’s League.)
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