I see him, but not here and now. I perceive him, but far in the distant future. A star will rise from Jacob; a sceptre will emerge from Israel. -Numbers 24:17a NLT
“Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Blessed are those who wash their robes. They will be permitted to enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from the tree of life. Outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshippers, and all who love to live a lie. “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 22:12-16 NLT
Jesus calls himself the Bright Morning Star in the last chapter of Revelation. The morning star was thought of as a herald of a new day, symbolising a dawn of hope and joy. When Jesus came as a baby, a bright star shone in the east heralding his birth. The Magi followed that star until they found the toddler to worship him. With Jesus’ birth darkness was pierced by his perfect light. When Jesus rose from the dead, light pierced the darkness of death. Finally, when Jesus returns to take us home, he will reign forever as the Bright Morning Star and there will be no need for any other light for his light is the brightest.
Before we met Jesus, we all walked in darkness. When we came to Jesus and made him Lord and Saviour of our lives, a new day dawned in our hearts and his light filled us. William D Watley, Pastor of St James A.M.E. Church in Newark, New Jersey captures this transformation:
“We usually think of stars as night-time luminaries, but the morning star announces the beginning of a new day. Who can testify that ‘since I met Jesus, it’s a new day now?’ I used to be bound by the devil, but since I met Jesus, it’s a new day now. I used to have low self-esteem and was in a constant self-destruct mode, but since I met Jesus, it’s a new day now. I’ve put down my blues guitar and picked up a tambourine of praise. It’s a new day now. People and things that used to upset me don’t bother me anymore. It’s a new day now. Fear that used to paralyse me and guilt that used to beat me up have lost their hold upon me. It’s a new day now. Glory, glory, hallelujah since I laid my burden down- it’s a new day now!”
Brothers and sisters, if we belong to Jesus, it is a new day! We still have earthly problems, we still struggle, we still have difficult days but our faith in Jesus will use those things to make us better people. He is working in our lives for the greater purpose. He infuses our lives with his light, his power, his glory and his purpose.
Don’t let sickness keep you from declaring his praise! Don’t let circumstances dictate your faith! Don’t allow problematic people destroy your trust in God! Kick back the darkness with your praise to the Bright and Morning Star. Satan is allergic to praise. Resist him and he has to flee! Hail Jesus as the Bright Morning Star. He is going to return and take us to our eternal home. Today, declare in your hearts and if you so desire on the top of your lungs- “Glory, glory, hallelujah! It’s a new day now!”
For further study:
Psalm 139:11-12; Matthew 2:1-2; Luke 1:67-69; Revelation 2:26-28