12 Days ’til Christmas . . .

13 Dec

Bright Morning Star

. . . and most of my Christmas preparations are finished.  It sounds as if I could lie down in perfect peace, but like most of you, the world and its demands keep a firm grip on my life.  Report cards need to be turned in at the end of the week.  And . . . well, you know.  Our lists go on and on.  In Revelation 22:16, Jesus is referred to as the bright morning star.  I love the reminder that we need to look to Him first thing.  Barnes Commentary explains it thusly:

The reference here is to that star as the harbinger of day; and the meaning of the Saviour is, that he sustains a relation to a dark world similar to this beautiful star. At one time he is indeed compared with the sun itself in giving light to the world; here he is compared with that morning star rather with reference to its beauty than its light. May it not also have been one object in this comparison to lead us, when we look on that star, to think of the Saviour? It is perhaps the most beautiful object in nature; it succeeds the darkness of the night; it brings on the day–and as it mingles with the first rays of the morning, it seems to be so joyous, cheerful, exulting, bright, that nothing can be better adapted to remind us of Him who came to lead on eternal day. Its place–the first thing that arrests the eye in the morning–might serve to remind us that the Saviour should be the first object that should draw the eye and the heart on the return of each day. In each trial–each scene of sorrow–let us think of the bright star of the morning as it rises on the darkness of the night–emblem of the Saviour rising on our sorrow and our gloom.

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