When we follow the star it will lead us to the hope that we can all find in Jesus. However, to discover this hope we need to:
1. Acknowledge the darkness. It doesn’t matter how perfect we think this season should be, the truth is, people still hurt at Christmas. The good news is, Christ was born in our darkness and for our darkness. We don’t have to fake it this Christmas. Instead, we can follow the star to the healing and freedom that’s found in Jesus!
2. Embrace the wait. None of us likes to wait, but sometimes we must. Some of us are waiting for a miracle. Some of us are waiting on a breakthrough. Some of us are waiting on a answer. Christmas let’s us know that in all our waiting, Jesus is born and our hope is on the way. God is at work in our waiting.
3. Commit to the journey. It takes faith, courage, and strength to follow the star. Don’t allow the darkness and the distance to keep you from your hope. Don’t let Herod get in the way of hope! If you stop short of Bethlehem, you’ll miss your miracle. No matter what, just keep following the star this Christmas. It’ll lead you to the hope you’re looking for, Jesus!
Matthew 2:1-2 (NLT)
Visitors from the East
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.”
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