The Star Leads to the Cross (Part 2)

So what was that star that the Wise Men were following?  There have been many explanations…a supernova, a comet, a meteorite, a super bright conjunction of three planets.  None of them really fit the description we see in Matthew 2:1-12.  This thing moved across the sky at such a pace that the Wise Men were able to follow it.  By the time they got to Herod’s pad it was no longer visible, but after they left the murderous king, it reappeared and led them to Jesus (verses 9 and 10).  I think there is a better explanation that some kind of natural occurrence in nature.  Go back in your Bibles to Exodus 13:21-22.

There God tells Israel that He will guide them by a “pillar of cloud” by day and a “pillar of fire” by night.  This super bright light led them through the wilderness for 40 years.  Then, about 400 years later, when Solomon dedicated the Temple in Jerusalem, the Bible tells us that “the glory of God” came down and entered the Temple.  Its light was so bright that it actually drove the priests out (1 Kings 8:10,11).  One more time we see this bright appearance of the glory of God in the Old Testament…in Ezekiel 10, before the Babylonians sack Jerusalem, the prophet sees a vision of the glory of God departing the Temple (verses 3,4, and 18).

It seems to me that this “star” the Wise Men were following fits with the visible manifestation of the glory of God as He led Israel.  And just as He led Israel, so He also led these Gentiles from the East to come to meet Israel’s Messiah.  God wants you to find Him, and He’s not hard to find!  (Truth is, once you “find” Him, you’ll discover that He was looking for you all along, and found you first!) The Good News is…He gives you all the directions you’ll ever need to make it safely to where He is.

Posted by Jeff Sanders