On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2.11 NRSV)

Have you ever gone outside at night and just looked up at the stars? They're beautiful, aren't they? Did you know that we can see about 2,000 stars with just our eyes? If we had a telescope, which is a thing we can look through to see stuff that's really far away, we could probably see about 6,000 stars.

Astronomers, the people who study stars, say that there are thousands of millions of stars in our universe. All the stars in the sky look shiny and white to us, but if we could see them close up, we would see that stars are different colors. A star's color depends on how hot it is. The hottest stars are a really light bluish-white color, like this one. The cooler stars are a reddish-orange color, like this one. There is a very important reason why we're talking about stars today.

in our Bible passage today, we learn about the wise men. There was a bunch of wise men, and they studied the stars. One day, they saw a certain very special star, and they decided to follow it. This special star marked the place where Jesus was born. When the wise men saw baby Jesus, they knew He was the Son of God. They bowed down to Him and worshiped Him, then they gave Him very expensive gifts. The wise men were the very first people to ever worship Jesus.

If it hadn't been for the very special star, the wise men never would have found Jesus. They needed this special star to guide them to the place where Jesus was born. But we don't need a star to guide us to Jesus, do we? The Bible says that when we ask Jesus to be our Savior, Jesus' spirit comes into our hearts. We don't have to go looking for Him. He is always with us. Let's pray today that Jesus' spirit will come into our hearts.

Thank you, Father, for guiding us to your Son, as we celebrate the imporantace of this season. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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