To Catch A Star
By Linda C Dipman

    Brilliant thinkers and spiritual scholars lined the room as they talked and poured over a great table filled with
manuscripts.  They ran quickly to the over flowing book shelves looking for even more documents to explain the
strange occurrence that was stirring in the cosmos.  An incredible new sight lit up the night sky and it even shone
brightly during the light of day!

    They pulled out every parchment where the stars were precisely diagramed.  With an excitement of revitalized
energy they all exclaimed in one voice that it was a new star.  They stared up into the sky with amazement as they
speculated on the precise timing of its appearing.  

    The added brightness from the spectacular rays reached down as if they had the ability to touch every person
who walked the face of the earth.  It was the most beautiful sight that had ever been witnessed by any man. It  had
to be a supernatural sign from God.  This was a crucial star that signified an important birth.  They ran to the
books that held the prophecies as predicted by the wise men centuries before them.

    The Theologians and astrologers of the past had written down every significant change to the celestial bodies
that had occurred over the space of time.  Together their hearts jumped as they realized this was no ordinary
birth.  This child was to be a great king.  A God in the form of a man, who has come down from His heavenly
kingdom to change the entire course of the world!

    This child would fill the whole world with a light of truth.  In one accordance they exclaimed we must “Catch this
Star!”  

    Matthew 2: 9-12, “And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East.  When
they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs!  It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where
the child was.  They went into the house and when they saw the child with his mother Mary, they knelt down and
worshiped him.  They brought out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and presented them to him.
    Then they returned to their country by another road, since God had warned them in a dream not to go back to
Herod.”

    Since the beginning of time men have looked towards the heavens as a window into the supernatural realm of
God.  A cosmic appearance of signs and wonders illustrating the past, present and future of our world.  

    Genesis 1: 14 & 15, “Then God commanded, ‘Let lights appear in the sky to separate day from night and to
show the time when days, years, and religious festivals begin: they will shine in the sky to give light to the earth.”

    To catch a star and to understand the significance of its appearing is seeing the plans of God unfold before
your eyes.  God is a deity of perfect light.  All understanding of the things of the world belong to Him.  He formed
man and placed him on the earth so he would reach for the heavens and learn about the great and mighty
wonders of the Lord.

    It is no wonder that the birth of Jesus was marked with a glorious star.  Light has always been the dwelling
place of God.  Whenever an image of God is described in the Bible it is always pictured with a supernatural deity
in white that is brighter than a flash of lightning.

    Daniel 10: 5&6,  “I looked up and saw someone who was wearing linen clothes and belt of fine gold.  His body
shone like a jewel.  His face was as bright as a flash of lightning, and his eyes blazed like fire.  His arms and legs
shone like polished bronze, and his voice sounded like the roar of a great crowd.”

    Jesus brought a message of truth by representing himself in light.  Light is everything good, trustworthy and
honest.  Light is the radiance of God.  Light is the words of Jesus that are spoken to save those who choose to
follow God‘s path for man.  To ‘Catch a Star’ is to find the light of Jesus and allow Him to guide our lives.

    Today we once again are looking towards the heavens.  Religious leaders and scientist proclaim in one accord
that our world is reaching a critical stage with moral decay and global warming.  If there ever was a time to ‘catch a
star’ by believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior, now is the time! Jesus must return again in physical form to defeat
Satan’s hold over the world.

    The question all of us should be asking ourselves is whether or not He will find us ready.  Are we walking a life
that will please our Savior?  Are we following the ‘Golden Rule’,  “Love your neighbor as you love yourself”.  Or
have we been pulled into the world only thinking of ourselves and what we can do to get more stuff?

    Matthew 24: 37-39, “The coming of the Son of Man will be like what happened in the time of Noah.  In the days
before the flood people ate and drank, men and women married, up to the very day Noah went into the boat; yet
they did not realize what was happening until the flood came and swept them all away.  That is how it will be when
the Son of Man comes.”

    Scientist’s warn us that our over use of fossil fuels, to the emission from factories and electrical plants, are
warming the earth.  They state that the polar ice caps are melting at a faster rate than anyone could have
predicted.  They point out the fires in California to the drought in Alabama is all the result of global warming.  A
warming that is upsetting the natural balance of the world.

    Crimes are up.  School shootings, mall murders, and churches are targets of disgruntled teenagers who are
dissatisfied with their lives and so they take it out on innocent people.  Bankruptcies to foreclosures are mounting
with families being left out in the cold because they can’t make enough money to pay their bills.

    We live in perilous times fearing our neighbors and being afraid to pick up a stranger whose stranded on the
side of the road.  Children are born out of lust and teenage pregnancy has sky rocketed.  The rich are hording
their wealth and the poor are going without medical care and medicine, because they must have food.

    Before the birth of Jesus, suffering existed in our world, but not to the degree that it does now.  We are more
knowledgeable because of the media, yet truth has not made our world a better place.  People are indifferent to
their neighbors and only interested in themselves.

    It is not surprising that the wise men of our time are once again looking towards the heavens.  They are
desperately looking for the star that signifies Jesus’ return.  The nation of Israel is pleading through constant
songs on the radio and TV for the return of the Messiah.

    If we are wise then we will listen to the message of Christ for He is our only hope in a world that has been so
corrupted.  Christ will give us the power to face all difficulties with victories, because we know that we are living for
His kingdom and not just ourselves.  

    Matthew 24: 29-31 “Soon After the trouble of those days, the sun will grow dark, the moon will no longer shine,
the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers in space will be driven from their courses.  Then the sign of the Son
of Man will appear in the sky; and all the peoples of the earth will weep as they see the Son of Man coming on the
clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  The great trumpet will sound, and he will send out angels to the
four corners of the earth, and they will gather his chosen people from one end of the world to the other.”

    Look to the sky!  Recognize the times and “Catch The Star of Jesus Christ“.  He loves you and He promises to
give all people who follow Him an eternal reward in Heaven!