A Sign of Hope – Bright Morning Star

I Jesus have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.
Revelation 22:16

In ancient days the bright morning star was a sign of hope. It was a promise of a new season. A new day.

Jesus, the Bright Morning Star, is our hope. Our promise of a new season. A new day.

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod.

About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2:1-2

The wise men were led to that little unknown stable, tucked away in Bethlehem by following a star. His star. His star became their point of reference, their hope by day and by night. It led them exactly to where they needed to be to worship the King.

Jesus is our Bright Morning Star. He is our point of reference, our hope in life, leading us to the place where we can worship Him.

It’s beholding Him that allows the shadows in our lives to shift. It’s waking up to the blessing that we are one with Him, alive in Him that enables us to worship Him in Spirit and in truth.

When Jesus becomes our Bright Morning Star, our point of reference, every situation we face will be marked with promise and hope. When Jesus becomes our Bright Morning Star every path we travel will come alive with His light, His presence, and His purpose.

With Jesus as our Bright Morning Star there’s no need to run. There’s no need to hide in fear. There’s no need to give up.

His presence gives hope in the midst of struggles, failures, and frustrations. His presence releases purpose. His presence ratifies promises, making them a reality in our lives. His presence is an anchor holding us steady in the winds and the waves.

Our Bright Morning Star radiates the very glory of His Father and is brighter than any other “star”. He is higher than the angels and He sustains everything by the mighty power of His command. (Hebrews 1:3-4)

Next time we are tempted to think there is no hope for what we are facing, let us shift our focus from what is weighing us down to the One who is lifting us up. Our Bright Morning Star. Our Hope. Our Power. Our Purpose. Our Promise fulfilled.

Before long, that hopeless situation will become a place of hope, a sacred place, bringing us face to face with our Bright Morning Star in an attitude of worship.

Peter writes in his letter,

For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw His majestic splendour with our own eyes when He received honour and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to Him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain. Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place – until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts.
2 Peter 1:16-19

Our Bright Morning Star brought pleasure to His Father and hope to the world.

As we behold Him, we will become like Him bringing pleasure to our Father and hope to the world.

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