There is no Biblical reason for putting up Christmas lights. But to some, Christmas lights remind them of the star that led the wise men to Jesus. “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2).
The Star of Bethlehem
It is believed that the star of Bethlehem was neither a conjunction of planets nor a nova, as others have suggested. The “star” that appeared at Christ’s birth was probably a distant company of shining angels. The wise men were led to interpret this unusual phenomenon as the fulfillment of Balaam’s prophecy of “there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel” (Numbers 24:17). Stars were often used as the symbol of a great personage (Job 38:7; Isaiah 14:12; Daniel 8:10; Revelation 1:20; 2:28; 22:16).
Christmas – a Reminder of God’s Love
The Bible doesn’t give us the date of Christ’s birth. December 25 may not be even close to the time Jesus was born. But the birth of Christ is a reminder of that glorious event that changed the world forever. The apostle John wrote, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
More importantly, it brings to mind the miracle of new birth He creates in us when He comes into our hearts, saves us from our sins, and makes us children of God by the shedding of His blood on the Cross. For “by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Colossians 1:20). It is this amazing truth that enables us to say with the angels who lighted heaven, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).
In His service,