In the previous Blog, we concluded that the Star of Bethlehem was the sign from God, guiding the wise men from East on an essential mission concerning the “one who was born the king of the Jews.” What gives the Star of Bethlehem its real significance? Knowing its nature and physical composition, in this case, is not essential. We could confidently conclude that God sent an Angel to guide the wise men, but this too is not the only lasting significance of the Star of Bethlehem.
The real and everlasting significance of the Star of Bethlehem is in what it announced. The physical nature and appearance of the Star of Bethlehem could not give hope to the dying humankind. The only hope for the dying humankind is the message the Star of Bethlehem proclaimed. The Star of Bethlehem announced to the humankind, which is about to be crushed under the weight of sin that the Lamb of God has arrived. He will, by the “Cross of Christ” on the cross at Golgotha, remove the sins of all men into an eternal abyss from where they will never come back and be counted against them.
The Star of Bethlehem announced to the helpless humankind that the Hope, promised in the garden in Eden has arrived, and He will remain forever. The Star of Bethlehem announced that the loving heavenly Father has come to us, not only in our likeness but also as us. Now our Father is one with us in flesh and blood.
The Star of Bethlehem announced to the helpless humankind that the Mighty Warrior has arrived, and He is entirely able to defeat and destroy the Evil Force. The Mighty Warrior, the Star announced, will rescue us from the slavery in the kingdom of sin and darkness, and bring us into the kingdom of Light and Righteousness. The Star of Bethlehem announced to dying humankind that our heavenly Father will sacrifice the Lamb of God as the sin offering to remove our sin from us and restore us to Him as His children. All this and more has been accomplished by the Cross of Christ, on the cross at Golgotha. God be forever praised!