The Christmas Star
Intro. Mr. Harry Lauder told of a man and his small son who were walking slowly down the streets of a large American city one Christmas time. It was wartime, and the child was delighted to see many service stars hanging in the windows of homes. Each star proudly proclaiming the fact that the son was in the service of his country. He clapped his hands excitedly as he approached each new home and each new star, and he was impressed by those homes with more than one star in the window.
Presently they came to a wide gap between the houses and through the black velvet of the Christmas sky there was clearly discernable the Evening Star. It shone brightly as a diamond. "Oh look, Daddy," cried the little boy. "God must have given His Son, for He has a star in His window."
The little boy was right. For nearly 2000 years, God put a star in the heavens to announce the dawn of the first Christmas. And ever since, each year has had its Christmas day. What the Star was to those wise men from the East, Christmas day is to us.
Thee are three things about the Christmas star I want us to notice this morning.
I. IT WAS A GUIDING STAR
"The wise men said, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East, and are come to worship Him."-v. 2
Those wise men would never have been able to see, find and know the young King Jesus had it not been for the star.
1. THE STAR GUIDED THEM THROUGH VAST DISTANCES
Have you ever sat down with your Bible and map and tried to work out the journey taken by those wise men? Those ancient pilgrims had to face trackless distances. We read "There came wise men from the East to Jerusalem."-v.1
Had they not been guided by the providential star hung there in the heavens by the had of Christ they could never have traveled the vast distances which are implied in that phrase - "the East to Jerusalem."
2. THE STAR LED THEM THROUGH VARIED DANGE ...
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