The star on this vintage ornament reminds me of the Star of Bethlehem…the star that led the Magi, or Wise Men, to Jesus. What a beautiful sight that star must have been! These verses in the Book of Matthew tell the story of the Magi’s journey to see the Messiah…
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
“‘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 shepherd My people Israel.’ ”
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 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, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. MATTHEW 2:1-12 (NIV)
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Did you know that the only thing darkness can’t erase is light? Darkness cannot extinguish light…and what a comfort it is to know that no matter how dark things may get in our lives, the Light of the World will always endure.
The shimmer of an ornament will fade, but the Everlasting Light of Jesus never will. That’s a precious Gift we can all be thankful for this Christmas.