Revelation 22:16 – I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. (NIV)
Sometimes, though not very often, I get up just before sunrise to look at the sky. I enjoy the transformation of the light and colours from indigo to blue, with a mixture of grays, yellows, oranges, and reds. On cloudless mornings, the stars seem to switch off one by one, until there is only one, bright, morning star in the heavens.
It shines like a beautiful jewel, but it doesn't twinkle. Its light is clear and bright, and years ago, I discovered that it's not a star. It's the planet Venus, reflecting the light of the sun. To the naked eye, it looks like a bright star, but if one takes time to look at it through a telescope, one will also discover that Venus goes through the same phases as the moon, so sometimes one sees half a planet, a quarter, or even a crescent.
To the ancients, the morning star was a symbol of hope, and in this passage from Revelation, Christ refers to Himself as the bright Morning Star. In other words, He's telling all of us that hope comes to us each day through His loving, merciful, and benevolent presence.
Today, we may be facing some trouble or hardship, some crisis or concerns. Whatever they are and however fearful we may be, let's hold on to this eternal hope that Christ has given us. He is our bright Morning Star, and He will always be with us to lead us from the darkness of our fears into the glorious brightness of faith.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, when troubles assail us and we get downhearted, be the brightness that we need. When things go wrong and we are hurt, heal us and bathe us with Your loving light. When we get scared or feel as though our worries will overshadow our lives, lead us back into the rays of hope. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.
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