The star stopped over the child

10 December 2017

The star stopped over the child
The star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. (Matthew 2:9)
Written by Allan Ekstedt, The Leprosy Mission Sweden.

The Bible tells us an amazing and very special story of how God was guiding some men from the east in their search for God’s answer for their lives. We don’t know much more about these men than that they had seen a bright star and they understood God’s message about a newborn king. They were thirsty to know more about God’s revelation. It was so important to them that they undertook a long and difficult journey to find what God was telling them about.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a secret birth in a small stable to a very ordinary young woman. But in this secret place God gave his son to humanity, the realisation of a divine plan deep in God’s heart since before creation. God gave the world his answer, his solution to the sin problem. Through his Son the whole world would be saved.
The men from the east began to follow the star as God guided them. But after a while they tried to find their way without God’s direction. They forgot the star and tried to find God where they thought he would be. But they were only disappointed, confused and lost in their own thinking.

Then they saw the star again, the sign from God. They ignored the human discussions and solutions and finally accepted the need to follow God’s guidance for them. The star moved again to lead them, not to the human solutions, but to the answer God was presenting to them. The star moved again to show them the way. It didn’t stop over the king’s palace nor over the theological institution of the university. It didn’t even stop over the temple. The star passed over the business streets and the cultural neighbourhoods of the capital where the influential and important people were. The star led them to the small, poor and insignificant village of Bethlehem and stopped over the house where the child was.

God always leads us to Jesus, his son. If we are honestly seeking God’s answer for our lives he will always lead us to have a personal relationship with Jesus. God’s answer for humanity is not a theory or a philosophy and not even a religion. His answer is a person; Jesus Christ. God’s answer for us personally is not a better moral standard or improved life values. No, his answer still is a person; Jesus Christ.

  • Jesus is the forgiveness of our sins (Colossians 1:14)
  • Jesus is able to change our lives and transform us (Galatians 2:2)
  • Jesus wants to give us peace (John 14:6) and joy (Philippians 4:4)
  • Jesus has the power to heal us physically and mentally (Isaiah 53:5)
  • Jesus will one day restore God’s original plan for humanity when he returns
  • The list can be long if we want to fully explore all the blessings God gave us in Jesus 

If we let God guide us in our thirst for the truth and for God’s answer for our lives he will lead us to Jesus. He always does. Let us, like the men from the east, seek him, receive him, worship him and give him the gift of our lives.

“Jesus is the answer for the world today. Above him there’s no others, Jesus is the way.” 

- Andraé Crouch – Jesus is the Answer

Allan Ekstedt is Country Leader for TLM Sweden.
Photo by Sergey Pesterev on Unsplash.