Stars Write His Name

What is the instructive lesson to be learned from this first syllable of the angel’s song? Why this, that salvation is God’s highest glory. He is glorified in every dew drop that twinkles to the morning sun. He is magnified in every wood flower that blossoms in the copse, although it live to blush unseen, and waste it sweetness in the forest air. God is glorified in every bird that warbles on the spray; in every lamb that skips the mead...Do not all created things extol him? Is there aught beneath the sky, save man, that does not glorify God? Do not the stars exalt him, when they write His name upon the azure of heaven in their golden letters? ... Do not all things exalt Him, from the least unto the greatest? But sing, sing, oh universe, till thou hast exhausted thyself, thou canst not afford a song so sweet as a song of the incarnation. Though creation may be a majestic organ of praise, it cannot reach the compass of the golden canticle – incarnation. There is more in that than in creation, more melody in Jesus in the manger, than there is in world on worlds rolling their grandeur round the throne of the Most High. Pause Christian, and consider this a minute. See how every attribute is here magnified. Lo! What wisdom is here. God becomes man that God may be just, and the justifier of the ungodly.

-Charles Spurgeon

On Monday, we trekked to the darkest corner of our mountain town, the darkest place we could think of, so we could get a look at the Christmas star. Every twenty years or so, Jupiter laps Saturn as they hurtle around the sun, and to the naked eye they look like one bright star.  

The sky was pitch black, and the stars showed their faces one by one, outshone by a waxing moon and two planets skipping through the sky.  And as I looked at all that, I couldn't help but remembering the words of silent night in the quiet.

Son of God, love's pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

Jesus, Lord at They birth.

For all the glories of the night sky, all the praise they pour forth night after night to their Creator, more glorious still is this - that God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ.  That He humbled Himself to an undignified birth in a stable, and to a hideous death on a cross, to reconcile us to Himself.  As Spurgeon says, all of God's great attributes are on display in the manger.  His justice, His mercy, His love that we could never deserve.

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Romans 5:8-11

This is the beauty of Christmas.  This is true peace, the peace with God that is offered to us through the God-man whose birth we celebrate. This is love, that while we hated Him, He offered us Himself, even to die in our place, to take the punishment we deserve for our offenses against Him.  What mercy is that!  This is hope, that He conquered death by coming back to life, alive on His throne forevermore! He reaches out His hands to us now to give us eternal life in Him when we trust in Christ alone. And this is joy, that when we turn, repent, trust in Jesus for our salvation - that we are reconciled to our Creator, that we are rescued from wrath, that we are forgiven and washed clean, that He now calls us friends. 

"In faith, there is joy." As Spurgeon would say.

I hope you find that joy and feel it more strongly than ever this Christmas, even in this dark year.  Like the stars and planets showing off in the inky blackness of the sky, the light of His birth shines always bright into our darkness, if we open our eyes to see it.

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined."

Isaiah 9:2

Just in case I don't get a chance to say it again before Friday, a joyful and Merry Christmas to you, friends!

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Tracy Gayer said...

That reminds me of a hymn that we sing at church called “earth and all stars”. The first lines are “earth and all stars, loud rushing planets sing to the Lorde a new song “. I always thought this meant that we are singing to the Lord and praising Him for all that he created, then I finally realized that it means that the earth and all the stars and the planets are singing to the Lord.

Michelle said...

I love this. I had a horrible day the day that Christmas star came out. We had all bin hit with Covid and everything was falling apart, but I stood in the driveway in frigid weather staring at the star and finally feeling a moment of hope and peace.

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