Fresh Hope – 17th December 2020

We are all familiar with the Christmas story. We all know the part about the three wise men, following a star. 

Just to give a bit of context, these wise men, better referred to as, ‘astrologers’ may have visited Jesus a number of months after his birth. 

King Herod, not the star, was the first to direct the astrologers to Bethlehem. When he heard of a rival “king of the Jews,” Herod investigated where the promised Christ was to be born. On learning that it was to be in Bethlehem, he told the astrologers to go there, look for the child, and report back to him.

Only then did the three wise men/astrologers go to Bethlehem. The Bible says, ‘After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when they were in the East went ahead of them until it came to a stop above where the young child was’ (Matthew 2 for the whole story). 

I love the idea of a star or light leading the way in the dark. Jesus was born at a time where there was much political and religious unrest. He arrived during a dreadful time in history to a turbulent land. Sound familiar? Maybe a bit like 2020! Historically, tension had been building for years and years and a saviour was anticipated and needed. 

Yet amidst the trouble, amidst the darkness and unrest, there was a light – there was a star – guiding in the dark to the saviour of the world! 

Likewise today, there is a light, a star, leading us through the dark, to our hope and saviour – Jesus. 

You may be in the darkness, but there is the guiding light of the Holy Spirit, going ahead of you, to your hope and saviour. 

Emma Burchell

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