“And having heard the king (Herod), they went their way; and BEHOLD, THE STAR, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And when they saw the star, the rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And when they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshipped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:9-11
A couple of years ago a friend invited us to join her family to their Christmas fireworks show. I never thought of fireworks for Christmas. But Top Dog Fireworks was part of their tradition. Rather than the typical grand finale it ended with a single burst and a brilliantly bright star bust slowly trailing off to one side. The scripture was then read, “Behold the star which they had seen in the east, going on before them until it stood over where the Child was.” Is it possible the star the kings of the east was a starburst fireworks from Top Dog? Not likely, but this beautiful portrayal of what happened 2000 years ago caused me to worship Jesus as the Christ child.
This year remember the tremendous arrangement of events for Jesus to be born… even down to the appearance of the star. May the Lord cause fireworks in your heart as you see the display in the sky.
- Jay Quine on the Gospel According to Matthew (churchtelevision.wordpress.com)
- The Virgin Birth Examined by Dr. Jay Quine (jayaquine.blogspot.com)
- ‘Twas the Night before Christmas: The Real Story! (jayaquine.blogspot.com)