The Day Star
by Impact Church
Matthew 4:16 – The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
Early in the morning, according to the Gospel writers, Mary and others came to the tomb of the One they’d hoped to have been Israel’s Messiah. And being certain of His death, the spices for His inevitable burial were prepared. What their eyes had observed and accepted in watching His death also determined their preparations by following the protocol of Jewish burial. However, it’s amazing what a sunrise can do to plans.
What darkness had concealed from sight, the raising of the Savior from the grave was unexpectedly but perfectly exposed by the light of the morning. What no mind could have conceived possible in His dark and hideous death nor in the darkness and gloom of an earthen tomb, the light of a new dawn did. It’s not that everything made perfect sense to them as they wondered; they still don’t know where Jesus was. It’s just that what they expected, wasn’t. And that’s what happens when light comes in. You drop your spices and take the next step. You take the next step and you find out what’s going on. And it’s only natural to follow up on what the supernatural has unexpectedly provided.
Likewise, centuries ago, we see Isaiah’s prophecy of Jesus’ appearance as light, not only to the favored of His own people but to those in the regions of darkness, the nations of the disregarding Gentiles. Then in time, the light of the world stepped into the grossest of darkness and without force of armies and legislation, He simply opened humanity’s eyes to the perfection of God and the centuries of script foretelling His love and power. The Light of God through the Holy Scriptures became an indispensable illumination to the mind of fallen men, the external light pointing toward the One who was to come.
What was only Light, the sins and flawed methods of men were illuminated. And what was only Light, His desire of mankind to trust Him was hinged on the willful release of any trust in themselves. So it is with the soul exposed to Light. The Light of the world only needs to be believed; and from that blessed place of faith, a life of unimaginable peace and joy is experienced. Light inherently requires a response and the counterpart to believing such incredible Grace is a world of regrettable and unnecessary fear. But to those who believe in the Light the next steps are ordered of the Lord Himself! Believing in the Light assures the journey will be successful and worthwhile.
Fast forward to Apostle Peter’s last epistle and you’ll find another experience with light, the voice of the Father in the Mount of Transfiguration declaring the supremacy of Christ. Contrasting that audible voice, Peter invites us to another place of light; not stimulated by external affirmation but through an intimate internal one. This one he alludes to is the One who’s called the Bright and Morning Star; and the possession of a heart that’s illumined to the full assurance of all that’s promised in Christ.
That Light is the Day Star, a Star testifying of the night’s passing and the assurance of the advent of a new day. And the seal that the morning has in fact risen and the activities of the night are remembered no more. That Light can never be extinguished and that Light overcomes all circumstantial denials of the fulfillment of the scriptures yet to be realized. The Day Star encompasses all the curves and variables of our temporary stay and the current news that He could come about any time now. With Peter’s admonition, may our hearts be established by all the Day Star indicates and may that assurance be eagerly and often shared.
2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.