“Where to from here, Captain?”
“Second star to the right and on till morning…”
Part 2 The Breakthrough ended a bit darkly. That is how I was led to end it. My own tack on that was quite different… But I’m only the Messenger, and this isn’t about me. The Holy Spirit surprises us sometimes while we write by taking things in an unplanned direction.
But as much as it needed to be said, I’m moved to “lighten” it up. For now.
The focus of this four part series is the Star of Wonder, the Star of Bethlehem, Star of the East, or any of its many names which it has collected throughout the last 2000 years. I was moved by Star of Wonder, since the carol “We Three Kings” kept coursing trough my thoughts and continues to do so.
Here in Part 3 we’re focusing through the telescopic lens of the ages, stretching our awareness out into the Cosmos, and into the ancient past, and yet taking that trip instead by going within. Is it “woo woo” enough for you yet?
Paradox? Yes. Stick with me as we look to the Daystar arising in our own hearts!
For this we turn to the second epistle of Peter, chapter 1 verse 19. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”
This passage is referenced to Revelation 22:16 concerning the “bright and morning star”, the “last Word” on the Star of Wonder, so to speak, which will be the basis text for our contemplations in Part 4 The Culmination.
The impression I have is that the Apostle is here discussing [see also verses preceding 1 Peter 1:19] the various perceptions of this Star beginning with first of all prophecy, then the presence of Jesus Christ Himself – both of which we are to heed like a light shining in a dark place, and lastly – UNTIL the day dawn, AND the day star arise in our hearts.
There is the “first light” of prophecy foretelling the rising of this Star, followed by not only in the personage of Jesus Christ, but then also His brightness as the Christ arising within our very hearts through the Holy Spirit! The Day Star within the Body of Christ which is to be His “fullness”. [Please visit John 1:16, Ephesians 1:10 & 23, Ephesians 3:19, and Ephesians 4:13.]
The Greek word for the Day Star here is “phosphoros” – the only time this particular word is used in reference to the Day Star. Phosphoros means “light bearing”. This would indicate that the Light of Christ, the bright and Morning Star, is to shine within us, as the bearers of His Light, by of course the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 4:18 reminds us, “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”
The body of Christ is meant to be this very Light of Jesus Christ in this world, shining more and more, “unto the perfect day”! We are to be the bearers of His light in our hearts, ever increasingly, until the Star has completed His work within, and from within, all who are called by His name. His Day Star – through the Holy Spirit – shines from within us out into the world.
In this respect, we may be the only Bible some people in our life will ever see. If so, what are they “reading”? What sort of light do I bring with my attitudes, the kind of thoughts I allow to keep company with my mind, the quality and content of my words, the depths of the Love with which I reach out to others and to all life? How closely do I listen to the Holy Spirit and heed what I hear?
Thus we do well to “inquire within” as to what the Holy Spirit would have us to do, how we are to best allow the Light of the Day Star that is the Lord’s own presence to shine out into the world from within us – to be as He was in this wold, in order that all may know what our Heavenly Father looks like when they see us – enough so that they may want to know what makes us tick.
Yes, indeed, of course the question then must always be, “Where to from here, Captain?” as we enter into places where we have never gone before – within ourselves first of all, that our own darkness may be put to flight by the brightness of His coming. As we are led by the Light of the Day Star that arises in our hearts, may we ever await His Word.