Join with me this morning to kick start the season of Christmas. My brothers and sisters in Christ let us awake from our slumber and look to Him the author of all our works. Turn with me in your Bibles to the Book of St. Matthew chapter 2 and verse 2. Father we thank you for the sight to read your word and with open hearts to receive it from your Holy Spirit. Bless us for the next few minutes and we read this message. AMEN
Matthew 2:2 reads, Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw His star as it rose, and we have come to worship Him.
Not too many children are so important that their arrival is marked by signs in the sky above. But this child’s coming was marked with a star. Christmas trees today still have symbols on top reminding us today of that special birthday star.
The star – the wise men saw it! They looked up and knew what it represented. It was proclaiming the birth of the Lord’s Messiah, the world’s Saviour, and God’s selected King of the Jews. The star – it pointed to the only one who was truly worth our worship, our gifts, and our collective futures. The wise men saw what the star meant! They dropped everything and began the only journey that could have mattered at that point. They started their journey to find this child, this gift, this life-maker and life-changer. The star – it rested upon the place of Bethlehem to mark a promise fulfilled. A promise made by God Himself about the coming of His chosen person to bring true peace, healing, and forgiveness to the world. The wise men saw the event the star celebrated! God has kept His word! His Chosen One is here! And His Name is Jesus! But just as Jesus’ first visit to earth came with a sign from above, God promises that Jesus’ second visit will be accompanied by another sign from above as well.
Acts 2:19-21 reads, And I will cause wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below – blood and fire and clouds of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives. But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
This Christmas as we tell our children about the star in the sky, we need to also tell them about the rest of the signs God is using today to mark the second coming of Christ. Just like a rainbow points to a promise from God and just like a star points to another; solar eclipses accompanied by the blood red moons are the fulfillment of yet another promise from God. Jesus is coming again and coming soon!
Wise men still know what the signs from above represent. Wise men also drop everything to worship the only One worth worshipping – Jesus Christ! Those signs – a darkened sun and blood red moon – aren’t ones commonly shared in Churches and yet we who are followers of Jesus need to know what Scripture says, especially about His return! This Advent, as we remember His birth and await His return, let’s share with those around us the promise that He is coming back!
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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