Star Bright

Last night was a big night in celestial events. If you stayed up for it, you probably had your fair share of coffee today.

The Winter Solstice was in affect along with a full eclipse of the moon. The lunar eclipse started around 2:40 a.m. in the morning on the east coast and lasted about 72 minutes causing the moon to turn a coppery red color. 14 hours later, the solstice occurred. That is when the North Pole is tilted the farthest away from the sun marking the shortest day of the year and the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

When Jesus was born there was a similar, strange astronomical phenomenon. An unusually bright and unwavering star.

The three wise men who followed the star were astrologists. Magi were a priestly caste of Zoroastrianism. I find it interesting the star was mysterious enough to pick up and follow. When they arrived they were obviously aware that this unique celestial event was tied to the Jewish prophecies (Matthew 2:1-12). What they discovered in the sky led them to the Christ child in Bethlehem. The only angels that announced it showed up to shepherds watching their flocks. Great symbolism in that The Shepherd (Jesus) was being born, but equally great because shepherds were not high in society rank. Equally powerful that these ‘wise men’ or priest kings would bring gifts and worship The Priest King, Jesus, fulfilling Isaiah 60:3.

In the First Advent the Christ child was ‘announced’ to the equivalent of some unbelieving astrologers and some middle class nobodies. But they were obedient to follow the signs, and they went and discovered the live and in living color version of what we sing praises about this time of year.

I wonder of the magnificence of seeing Christ that night.

And just as a celestial event was tied with the First Advent, there are more tied to the Second Advent. When Christ returns we see more events taking place in Revelation 6 as a part of the Seal Judgments. During the Tribulation, the sixth Seal Judgement delivers a large earthquake along with a full solar eclipse as well as the moon turning a blood red color (similar to last night). Accompanied by some stars falling from space to earth (meteorites). Not as peaceful and picturesque as the first coming, but then again… nothing in the second coming of Christ is.

The recent astronomical events have me thanking Christ for coming to save us. What amazing obedience for Christ to leave heaven and come to this place. Not to mention, to give His life and raise it up again. It also has me meditating on the second coming; where we stand in the prophetic timeline and how close Christ is to His return.

This Christmas story is more than a story. These events are more than events. Everything declares the glory of the Lord and it all cries out to the coming of the Messiah once again. Even if we can’t hear the rocks crying out, they are. And so is the moon, the sun and the stars.

A moon that turns red leads me to my knees, a posture the shepherds and wise men probably fell to when their eyes first rested on Emmanuel.

Praise Jesus for His coming, and prepare the way for His return.

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