The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned… For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Isaiah 9:2, 6 NIV
I have my calendar marked for December 21st at sunset. I’m hoping to catch a glimpse of what is being described as the “Christmas Star of 2020.” It’s not actually a star but Jupiter and Saturn so close together in the sky that it will look like a giant star.
Normally these things are just something cool to witness, but I believe this one phenomenon, on this particular day of this year has an extra special significance.
Many are ready for this year to be over. Ready to ring in the new year and get a fresh start in 2021.
And while I am hopeful that 2021 will bring an end to this COVID season, I am excited to see something happening during 2020 that I believe is much needed.
This year has been filled with so much darkness and so much loss.
The loss of freedom.
The loss of traditions and milestones.
The loss of income.
The loss of family members and friends.
The loss of trust.
The loss of hope.
But at the end of a year filled with darkness, on the darkest night of that year, days before the celebration of the birth of our Savior, I believe the Lord is providing us with a gift, a symbol of hope.
After hearing the king, they went their way; and behold, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them [continually leading the way] until it came and stood over the place where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.Matthew 2:9-10 AMP
In the midst of uncertainty of the future. In the midst of difficult circumstances we too can choose to behold the star. Like the Magi, we can rejoice because the star reminds us that as followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the light of the world, we have the light of life (John 8:12). We do not have to fear darkness because it will not overcome the light (John 1:5).
Though we may not know what is going to happen in the immediate future, we know the end of the story. God wins. The enemy loses. There will come a time when there will be no more darkness because the light of God will shine on us forever and ever (Revelation 22:5).
This “Christmas Star” is a reminder that there is hope in a world filled with hopelessness. And that hope is Jesus, the hope of the world (Matthew 12:21).