The Star of Bethlehem
The three wise men from the East had great hunger and thirst for righteousness and devoutly sought for the things of God. They looked and looked at the guiding star and later found the little baby Jesus. They were wise enough to be called wise men. They looked and focused on the guiding star. In our context today, our guiding star is the word of God which shows us the way of salvation.
Many people particularly the youth today spend hours a day by looking and looking at their mobile and computer but they do not have time to look at the word of God for ten minutes in 24 hours. People are so busy with the affairs of this world that they do not have time to pray, have fellowship, study Bible or even going to church once a week. We do not have time to look at our guiding star. The present generation is severely afflicted with “No Time” syndrome which is the greatest tragedy.
In Num. 21:4-9, when Israelites were bitten by the serpent for their sins, God told Moses to prepare a bronze serpent. Those who looked at the serpent which was lifted up would not die. Though this remedy was given, many refused to look up and died. Jesus referred this incidence in Jhn. 3:14 by saying that even as the serpent was lifted up, He must be lifted up on the cross and that all those who would look at the cross of Jesus in faith would be saved. Today many refuse to look at the cross for their salvation. They have too many distractions. Their eyes are blinded by the god of this world (II Cor 4:3-4) John the Baptist presented Jesus by saying – Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (Jhn. 1:29). In Isa. 45:22, God commands us to look at Him and be saved. But the greatest tragedy is that Jesus the lamb of God is despised and rejected by men and we hid ourfaces from Him (Isa. 53:3) The glare of the visible materialistic things of this world has blinded people and they have failed to find the pearl of great price (Matt. 13: 45,46).
Many do not bring the Bible to church, instead they open their mobile for Bible verses during the sermon. Mobile cannot replace the Holy Bible. It is not “holy mobile”. Bible must be revered, marked with colours, highlighters, studied, digested and applied to our lives to save our soul (Jam. 1:21). The word of God converts our soul (Psa 19:7) and it is life and spirit (Jhn. 6:63). The devil will use all his might to prevent us from reading the Bible to stop us from being saved (Luk.8:12)
May the Holy Spirit open our spiritual eyes and enable us to look at the star and lead us to find the Saviour.
Dr. A Loso Chalai