This year, at Oasis, our theme for Christmas is “Star of Wonder”
Jesus’ arrival on the Earth is prophesied by Balaam, A pagan prophet, who God chose to use to declare, in numbers chapter 24 verse 17 “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel.”
Though this prophecy was initially fulfilled by King David it was ultimately realised in the birth and ministry of Jesus.
The reference to the Scepter, a symbol of royalty, is similar to the old testament patriarch, Jacob’s statement in Genesis 49 v 10 “The scepter will not depart from Judah.”
Because Balaam’s prophecy indicated that “I behold him – but not near” the time frame and expectation was, for him, in the distant future.
The Apostle Paul wrote, in Galatians 4 v 4, ” In the fullness of time, God sent His Son.”
Subsequent to Jesus birth in Bethlehem, Judea, “Magi from the East came to Jerusalem and asked, where is The One who has been born to be king of the Jews? We saw the star in the East and have come to worship him.” When they left King Herod and his advisers “the star they had seen in the East went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was”…..”When they saw the star they were overjoyed!” Matthew 2 v 4.
Jesus, The Star of Wonder!
In the last book of the Bible Jesus’ self Revelation declares, “I Am the root and the Offspring of David, and the Bright Morning Star.” Revelation 22 v 16. For all eternity Christians will worship and serve Jesus.
This Christmas worship Jesus, The Star of Wonder!
God bless you and keep you, making his face shine upon you.
Keep following The Star!
With every good wish