The stars of the night sky are wondrous to view. It is a compelling experience to observe them in their particular configurations and to consider their designated Gospel meanings. God ordained the arrangement of the stars to dramatize His holy plan of redemption. It is the prerogative of God alone to use the stars for His purposes. The Star of Bethlehem serves as an example, for God designated that special star to guide the Magi to Jesus Christ.
Incidentally, Jesus Christ Himself is referred to as a star. Revelation 22:16 calls Him the “bright and morning star.” Jesus Christ brings Heaven’s light to the darkness of the world.
It is said that a perfect star has five points. By contrast, God’s perfect star is Jesus Christ, who has five perfect points. Isaiah 9:6 makes it clear, “And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Consider the following.
The first point of God’s Perfect Star, Jesus Christ, is “WONDERFUL.” He was wonderful in His character, because lives were touched and re-directed toward righteousness and Godliness by the One who cared so lovingly. He was wonderful in the quality of His love, because He always sought for others rather than for Himself. He was wonderful in the constancy of His purpose, because He was utterly consumed with the purpose of man’s redemption.
The second point of God’s Perfect Star, Jesus Christ, is “COUNSELOR.” Counseling is instruction that leads to the discovery of what is good and best for our lives. Jesus was counselor and teacher supreme. It has been proven through the ages that those who adhere to His divine counseling experience the best in life.
For example, He counsels that the path of self-fulfillment is not found by self-seeking, but by self-giving. He counsels that material gain is not the major goal of life. He who is embroiled in the heated pursuit of materialism will ultimately receive little value from it. Conversely, Christ counsels, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Furthermore, He counsels that man’s greatest need is salvation, which God gives through faith and commitment to Christ. He said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” Salvation is the gift of God which must be and can be embraced and valued by all.
The third point of God’s Perfect Star, Jesus Christ, is “THE MIGHTY GOD.” Jesus is the great Immanuel, God with us. As the Mighty God, His divine power was manifest throughout His earthly ministry. He controlled the forces of nature. He cured diseases. He cast out demons. He called the dead back to life. Has it ever occurred to you that, as the Mighty God, Jesus Christ broke up every funeral service He attended? Death was and is powerless in His grasp!
As the Mighty God, His divine power was manifest on the way to the Cross. At Gethsemane, the Mighty God wrestled spiritually for all humanity. At Gabatha, the Mighty God permitted Himself to be ashamed and abused. At Golgatha, the Mighty God lay down His life as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of man. On the Cross, He once-and-for-all defeated the defiance and damnation of death, hell, and the grave.
The fourth point of God’s Perfect Star, Jesus Christ, is “EVERLASTING FATHER.” The word “father” is the tenderest revelation of God. Jesus made it perfectly clear, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father”.
The fifth point of God’s Perfect star, Jesus Christ, is “PRINCE OF PEACE.” At His birth, the angel announced peace on earth. From that moment onward, Jesus brought peace wherever He went. He told the tempestuous winds and waves, “Peace. Be still.” As the Prince of Peace, Jesus gives a peace that passes all understanding. As the Prince of Peace, He has brought peace to untold numbers of believers. As the Prince of Peace, He is the only hope that the world has for peace. There will never be peace for this troubled world until there is peace in the human heart. And, there will never be peace in the human heart until Christ is enthroned as Lord and Savior.
The light of God’s Perfect Star has come to us. It is a compelling experience to let His perfect light shine in your life. God has arranged His Perfect Star purposely to make a difference.
The Rev. Ron Branch is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Mason, W.Va.