Advent Devotional: The Bright And Morning Star

December 24, 2013

Scripture: 2 Peter 1:19

And we have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts (2 Peter 1:19).

As the shepherds of our scripture kept track of time at night by watching the stars, it was certain stars that had special meaning. The Morning Stars were known as the “Heralds of the Sun.” It is this “heralding” that gives it a special significance for me. It speaks of a transition, a change of dramatic proportions from the darkness of night to the brightness of the day. Is it not a dramatic change of much greater proportion that history has recorded of the coming of the Son of God into the world?

With this in mind, then was it a special Morning Star that the prophets spoke of recorded in scripture that rises in the hearts of all those who truly believe? Are we not the ones who walk in the light of His life and teaching who are forever changed? It was the very purpose of His coming that He would die that we may truly live.

Author: Curtis Allen is pastor of First Christian Church of Millersburg Disciples of Christ. He and his wife, Arlene, are members of Wilmore Free Methodist Church.