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Summary: A descriptive look at how the Star of Bethlehem and the Light of Jesus Christ provide striking similarities in the work of their respective ministry to man.

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"I Have Seen the LIGHT!¡¨

Matthew 2:1-12 page 681 in pew bible

Dr. Larry L. Thompson (2002)

¡§We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him!¡¨

¡§After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem [2] and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." [3] When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. [4] When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. [5] "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: [6] "But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel." [7] Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. [8] He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him." [9] After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. [10] When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. [11] On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. [12] And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.¡¨

INTRODUCTION

One of the favorite Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant specials in past years has been the quartet singing the song, ¡§I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT.¡¨ It is a marvelous play on words referring to the light which led the Magi to the Messiah. In one of the absolute highpoints of the Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant, Joseph is seen emerging from the cave holding the NEW BORN KING. He is soon accompanied by Mary and he holds the baby in the air, all the lights focus on the PRIDE OF THE PAGEANT, the Savior as the wise men make their way into the worship center bringing their gifts the angels come flying in from everywhere to join in this magnificent picture of praise. The LIGHT HAS REVEALED THE TRUTH¡K THE KING IS BORN.

The purpose of the LIGHT of this Bethlehem Star was to authenticate and announce the incarnation and to draw men to worship the newborn Messiah and King. The beautiful story of the LIGHT of Bethlehem was intended by Matthew to focus our attention on the Babe of Bethlehem. The star is mentioned four times in this passage (Matthew 2:2, 7, 9-10) and nowhere else in the New Testament. Let us examine three biblical truths about the Light of Christmas which points us all to the PRIDE OF THE PAGEANT:

I. IT WAS A DIRECTIVE LIGHT (2:2)

¡§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¡¨ (Matthew 2:2).


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