Revelations 22:16b I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.
The Wise Men who came from the East to visit Jesus, followed a star that led them to where he was with Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. As we travel through this advent-Christmas season, and learn about many names for Jesus, we come to an interesting reference: Morning Star. Jesus called himself the Bright Morning Star in Revelations 22:16. This was the fulfilment of the prophecy in the Old Testament in Numbers 24:17: ‘I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near; A star will come out of Jacob; a sceptre will rise out of Israel.’ Jesus did not just call himself a star, but the Bright Morning Star. In Biblical times, the Morning Star was the brightest star a person saw in the sky just before daylight. Today we know that this star was actually not a star at all but was the planet Venus. Many still refer to it as ‘the morning star’.
The wise men used a star as a point of reference. They used it to find a significant place and a significant person. Jesus is our point of reference today. Just as the wise men followed, we follow still. It is interesting to know that Venus, although it is not the planet closest to the sun, it is the hottest planet. All the planets of the solar system are turning counter clock wise when looked down on, except Venus which turns in a clock wise direction. It is a very unique planet. Jesus is also unique. There is no one like Him. As this star is seen just before day break, it often gives reference to the hope of the dawning of a new day. Jesus offers the same hope to us today. When humanity is swallowed by darkness, he was the bright morning star on the horizon, that provided the hope of a new day, something better. The coming of our Saviour Jesus! Just as the morning star proclaimed the new day, there was an evening star that would appear briefly as the sky was ushering in an engulfing darkness. Just as people would look for the morning star to give hope, the evening star would provide assurance that everything was ok despite the darkness around. We know now that the same morning star is the evening star. And this is our Jesus as well. He is there to guide us and give us hope as we have the darker seasons of life as well. He continues to be our Bright Morning Star!