Immanuel Kant wrote: “Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe—the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.” My favorite sight in nature is the spectacle of a star-bejeweled sky on a dark night. It fills the soul with reverence to contemplate not only their beauty but their fathomless distance and titanic size.
Enshrined in our archives of family memories is one evening when camping in northern Canada, after our evening campfire had died away we took our children down by the lakeside where we could view the open sky. It was one of those dark clear nights, and free of artificial lights the star-spangled sky sparkled in breathtaking majesty. Our son, then about seven years of age, looked up, and in a tone of awe and reverence said, “I never knew there were so many stars.” It was a moment of prized discovery.
Every person of Christ’s day had a picture in mind when Christ said, “I am the Bright Morning Star” (Rev. 22:16). The stars figured prominently in their lives.
The morning star heralds the dawn of a new day. Christ ushered in a new age. His life gave promise of a new and bright future.
At dawn, the stars gradually give way to the light until finally there is only one star shining. All other stars fade from view except for the morning star. Christ, as the Bright Morning Star, shines brightly when all other stars of our life fade away. Those things which now shine so brightly on the horizon of our lives will someday fade and vanish away. The stars of prestige, position, possessions and persons dear to us will one by one grow dim and fade away. But after everything else has vanished, Christ will still shine brightly and will radiantly beam over the horizon of life when the dawn breaks and the shadows flee away.
As the morning star is the brightest star in the sky, so is Christ the most radiant light ever to shine in our world. All other luminaries pale compared to the brilliance of His life. He is the peerless one of all history.
For many centuries man charted his journeys by the stars. Sailors navigated the seas with their eyes on the stars. The stars were the road maps, the directional signs for their times.
From Christ alone can we take bearings for our journey on the sea of life. Our compass needle will cease its oscillations when its directional point is turned toward the One who is the Bright Morning Star. Like a mariner, we may reckon all our decisions and directions from that Star.
Henry Gariepy, Portraits of Christ