THE STAR OF CHRISTMAS
1 Pet. 2:21-25
Now that Christmas has arrived, I hope to show you something from the word of God that
can help you enjoy the Lord more, worship Him more, and make mention of him to others.
At this time of the year there are a number of imitations of the true:
is an imitation of Jesus, with his list being an imitation of the Lamb's book of life
Christmas gifts are an imitation of the gift of God, eternal life through Jesus Christ
3. The yule log and Christmas tree are an imitation of the resurrection
of the Lord Jesus Christ
4. The mistletoe is a cheap imitation for the love of
God and true Christian love
Finally, and this is the one I want to use tonight for our thoughts from our text of scripture:
The Christmas tree is an imitation of the crucifixion tree, the cross upon which
Jesus died. In the past everyone put a star on the top of the Christmas tree.
If God were to have a Christmas tree, then JESUS would be the STAR on the crucifixion tree!
(Numbers 24:17) I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold
him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners
of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
Christmas is today, Sunday. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So today, let's look at the star of Christmas.
I. JESUS IS THE SHINING STAR (Revelation 22:16) I Jesus have sent mine angel to
testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and
1. He is the light of heaven
1. Heaven is Heaven because Jesus is there.
A. In heaven there will be no need of the “sun”,
because Jesus the “Son” is
of heaven (Rev.21:23) And the city had no need of the sun,
the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and
the Lamb is the
1. Jesus claims to be and is identified
as the Light (John 1:9; 8:12).
the dawn of the coming day will herald judgment to the proud and
wicked, it will herald healing for those who fear the Lord.
2. He is the light of the heathen (Jh. 8:12)
A. It is Jesus who is the
guiding light to salvation.
1. If it were not for Jesus there
would be now salvation for anyone.
B. He is the bright future of every nation (Prov.
exalteth a nation: but sin is
a reproach to any people.
3. He is the light of the heart (2 Cor. 4:6) For God,
who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory
of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
II. JESUS IS THE SIN-BEARING STAR (1 Peter 2:24) Who
his own self “bare” our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto
righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Some stars seem to twinkle and show more than one color. This Star, JESUS, went from white to red on
Calvary, as He bore our sins and took their stain upon Himself.
1. Jesus was and is sinless (IICort.
5:21) For he hath made him to be sin for
us, who knew no sin; that we might be made
the righteousness of God in
2. Jesus was our sacrifice for sin
3. Jesus was our substitute for the wages of sin (Rom.3:23)
A. He took our place
B. He took our penalty
C. Even as the ram took Isaac's place on the mount (Gen. 22:1-18)
III. JESUS IS THE SAVING STAR (Galatians 3:13) Christ hath redeemed us from the
curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Through the ages, men who have lost their way in traveling have been saved by their attention to the
stars of heaven. God has provided HIS Star upon His tree, the cross, to guide men out of the wilderness of sin and on the
road to heaven!
1. Jesus is the star of redemption
A. It is the blood of Jesus that rasom's us out
of Satan's slave marget.
2. Jesus is the star of regeneration
A. It is the blood of Jesus that washes white as snow.
B. It is the blood of Jesus that changes people from the
3. Jesus is the star of redirection
A. Jesus shined on Saul on the road of iniquity and took him from
to Straight Street (Acts 9:11)
B. Jesus can and will redirect the direction
of your life if you will but except
Him and His sacrifice for your sins. If you
will surrender your life to Him. If
you will just ask him into your heart to save
IV. JESUS IS THE SUPREME STAR (1 Corinthians
15:41) There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and
another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
Angels are called stars in the Bible, popular actors are called stars,
and top athletes are called stars, but some day all of them will bow the knee and confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!
(Phlip. 2;9-11)- even as Joseph dreamed that his brethren, as stars, would bow down
before him (Joseph typifies our Lord in many instances in his life).
1. Jesus is supreme in His identification
A. He is THE bright and morning star
2. Jesus is supreme in His illumination
A. Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormons, said an angel named
appeared to him.
B. Mr. Russell of the Jehovah False Witnesses said he got a special
revelation from God.
C. Muhammad of the Muslims said he got a special revelation
1. I think we need to remember (II
Cort. 11:14-15) And no marvel; for
Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no
great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of
righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
B. Jesus exceeds all others in brightness
C. Jesus brings light to the darkest soul
D. Jesus brings light to the darkest community
During the Civil War in the United States, a farmer named Blake was drafted as a soldier. He was
deeply concerned about leaving his family, because his wife had died and there would be no one to support and take care of
his children in his absence. The day before he was to leave for the army, his neighbor Charlie Durham came to visit him. "Blake,"
he said, "I've been thinking. You're needed here at home, so I've decided to go in your place." The farmer was so overwhelmed
that a few moments he was speechless. The offer seemed too good to be true. He grasped the hand of the young man and praised
God for this one who was willing to go as his substitute. Charlie went to the front-lines and performed his duties nobly.
But sad to say, he was shot and killed in the first battle. When the farmer heard the news, he immediately saddled his horse
and rode out to the battlefield. After searching for some time, he found the body of his friend. He arranged to have it buried
in the churchyard near the spot where they had often stopped to talk after the services. On a piece of marble he carved an
inscription with his own hands. It was roughly done, but with every blow of the hammer on the chisel tears fell from his eyes.
He placed the marker on the grave of his devoted substitute. Many villagers wept as they read the brief but touching inscription:
HE DIED FOR ME.