Many of us hear about stars. We hear about great basketball players, or great soccer players, or great poets. We hear about movie stars, or singers, or bands. But thousands of years ago, even before the world was created, God gave us a promise of a star.
God promised Abraham that the entire world, all the people who ever lived, would be blessed by a star. This star was referring to a man. This man was named Jesus. God told Abraham that he would have as many children as there are stars in the sky. These children refer to those who would also believe in Jesus as the Messiah.
We read about the promise of a star in the Book of Genesis, it says:
“I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of the sky, I will give your offspring all these lands, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed by your offspring “ (Genesis 26:4).
God was promising Abraham a star. This star would be known by the entire earth. Everyone would know about him.
In another place of the Bible we read more about this star, it says:
“I see him, but not here and now. I perceive him, but far in the distant future. A star will rise from Jacob” (Number 24:7).
Jacob refers to the nation of Israel. Here God is saying that He promised to send a star in the future, and this star will be a descendant of Israel. This star will be Jewish. He will not be an Arab. No, no, no. The greatest star that would ever walk on this earth would be a Jew. He would be a star from the house of Jacob. This star would be born into the nation of Israel.
This is why Jesus said: “salvation comes through the Jews” (John 4:22).
So there is a star promised to us by God. A star is something bright. A star is something beautiful. We look at the stars in the sky and we are impressed. They look beautiful. But there is one star that God promised to give us that is greater than all the others. This star was given so that we could have forgiveness of sins. This star was pure and holy and righteous. This star was a man. He was famous. Everyone knew about Him. He was promised to us by God thousands of years ago and this star was born in Bethlehem. His name is Jesus.
Jesus talked about Abraham and how Abraham knew that Jesus was going to be born. Abraham saw that great light, that great star in the sky, and he knew that it was referring to Jesus.
Jesus said about Abraham: “Your father Abraham rejoiced as he looked forward to my coming. He saw it and was glad” (John 8:56).
God made all the stars. But He made one star special. One star is the most special star every created. It was the body that was created for the Saviour. The body that was created in the womb of Mary. The body created for the Saviour Jesus Christ. He is the star that shines so bright. He is the star that rules the heavens. He is the star that gives hope to all mankind.
It says in the Bible about Jesus: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
In Psalm 33:6 we read: “The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born”. And this great star was named Jesus. He is the light. Jesus says about Himself in the Bible: “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).
Jesus also said about Himself: “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).
In a way we are all stars. We each have a name and each of us who believes in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour shines like a star in the night. The Bible says: “He counts the stars and calls them all by name” (Psalm 147:4). But Jesus is the greatest star. Before He was born the angel Gabriel came to Mary and said: “(you) will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
Each of us has a name. But Jesus has the greatest name. Jesus has a name that saves us from our sins. Jesus has a name that heals us. Jesus has a name that gives us peace because He is the “prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
God wants us to praise Him. It says in Psalm 148:3, “Praise him, sun and moon! Praise him, all you twinkling stars.” We are supposed to be like twinkling stars, praising God, rejoicing in Him, being happy for who he created us to be. We are supposed to praise Him for His goodness. Praise Him for all we have.
Satan was also called a star. But Satan rebelled against God and was cast down to earth. It says about Satan in the Bible, “How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world” (Isaiah 14:12).
Satan wanted to be greater than Jesus. But that could never happen. Anyone who says they are greater than Jesus will be thrown down to the earth, they will be thrown down in the fires of hell.
Jesus stretched out His arms on the cross. It was like heaven came down to earth, and mankind took heaven and nailed Him to the cross. We read in Isaiah 48:13, “It was my hand that laid the foundations of the earth, my right hand that spread out the heavens above.” It was God who sent His Son to earth from heaven, and Jesus had to spread His hands open on the cross. The Roman soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross and Jesus died there.
When Jesus died the whole earth went dark. Even the sun stopped shining. It was dark from 3 hours, from noon until 3 pm. After that Jesus died and the sun began to shine again. Jesus died but He rose from the dead.
In the last book of the Bible we are told that we will be given a star: “I will also give them the morning star” (Revelation 2:28). This star, Jesus Christ, will take upon Himself our sins and die on the cross. That is why it says in Revelation 8:11, “The name of the star was Bitterness.” Jesus became sin for us. He drank the bitter cup of sin for us. He died for us, but He also rose from the dead.
This is why at the end of the Bible Jesus reveals to us who He is. He says that He is the morning. He is the one that we have all been waiting for.
Jesus said: ““I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this message for the churches. I am both the source of David and the heir to his throne. I am the bright morning star” (Revelation 22:16).