Summary: This sermon talks about the star the wisemen followed to Bethlehem and it’s spiritual significance. It can be used as a Christmas sermon or at other times of the year.
THE STAR OF CHRISTMAS
Isaiah 60:1-6 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.
Matthew 2:1-12 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, 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. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, and thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
THE STAR WAS A SYMBOL - The Star – means to shine or blaze forth – can refer to a literal star, angel or man.
STARS IN SCRIPTURE - God created the stars (Gen. 1:16). “And God made two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night, and he made the stars also.” The naked eye can see 4,000 stars; the Hubble telescope can see 400 million stars.
Ministers of the Gospel are called stars (Rev. 1:20; 2:1).
In the Book of Revelation John saw Christ in His glorified body. John saw that Jesus had 7 stars in his right hand. Jesus interpreted what John saw - “The mystery of the seven stars which thou saw in my right hand . . . the seven stars are the seven angels (ministers) of the seven churches” (Rev. 1:20). The King James uses the word angel, the original language means messenger, which is the pastor who gives God’s message to the Church.
Bible associates wisdom and the stars—“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever” (Dan. 12:3).
What is the meaning of this star? Isaiah lets us know the star is the revealing of the glory of God. It is a sign that God is about to do something incredible. He is sending His Son to redeem lost mankind. Jesus is the light. John 8:12 I am the Light of the world
Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel,
A prophecy looking to a time when there will be a shining forth, a blazing one.
Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.