[Faith Race 12-27-2020]
Press On In The WORD
On December 21, 2020, there was as sighting of a what many dubbed the Christmas Star. It was the manifestation of the alignment of Jupiter and Saturn, which caused a bright display of light that had not been displayed as such for nearly 800 years.
While it is not an exact replica of the miracle Star of Bethlehem that shone brightly over 2,000 years when Christ was born, it can serve to remind and enlighten one in the truth of the guiding light to the Light, Jesus Christ, from His first to His second coming to earth.
Light at the First Coming of the Lord
The first Advent marks the first arrival of Jesus Christ to earth, when God came to earth to be with us, and thus the name Immanuel was given to Him (Isaiah 7:14).
It was over two thousand years ago that the Star of Bethlehem shone brightly in the sky over the birthplace of Jesus. It is written that the wise men from the East saw His star in the East, and it guided them to Jerusalem, so that they may come to worship Him who was born King of the Jews (Matthew 2:1-2).
The wise men pressed on to follow the star which went before them. And as the star came to rest over where Jesus was, they rejoiced with great joy, and fell down and worshipped Him (Matthew 2:9-11). In expression of their worship, they bore gifts which were humbly placed before the new born King.
The first Christmas star, the Star of Bethlehem, served to guide men by the light to come and worship the King of kings, when He first came to save the world. The light has served God’s purpose in the world since then.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world though Him might be saved. John 3:16-17
When Jesus came to earth as the incarnate being of God the first time, He came to serve, and not to be served, even to the point of death.
Jesus told His disciples...And whoever desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many. Mark 10:44-45.
Light before the Second Coming of the Lord
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it….That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-5,9,14.
On the Mount of Olives, Jesus said…“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12.
Before going to the Cross, it is written that Jesus addressed a crowd, to wit…Then Jesus said to them, “A little while. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you longer the light is with you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of the light.”… John 12:35-36.
Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. And He who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. John 12:44-46.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Me is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name in the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” John 3:16-21.
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 1 John 1:5-6.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of the Spirit is all goodness, and righteousness, and the truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10.
Light at the Second Coming of the Lord
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief of the night….But you brethren are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as others do, but let us watch and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2,4-6.
We must be prepared and take oil to light our lamps when the Lord comes, for the Lord will come as a thief in the middle of the night. As is portrayed in the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (1 Thessalonians 25:1-13), it was when a midnight cry was heard that the bridegroom came, when they slumbered and slept, but only half of the virgins took oil to light their lamps, while the other half didn’t. Those who were ready went into the wedding with the bridegroom, while the others were left out in the dark upon the door being shut. At the end of teaching that the kingdom of heaven is likened to ten virgins who took lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom , Jesus said… “Watch, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming. Matthew 25:13.
The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked will be put out. Proverbs 13:9.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16.
Jesus also said…For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to the light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” Mark 4:22-23.
Therefore judge nothing before the time, before the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the heart. Then each one’s praise will come from God. 1 Corinthians 4:5.
Praise, Bless, and Please the Lord!