Some of my favorite memories growing up were chasing after search lights. Our family lived in a somewhat unpopulated suburban area. It was our neighborhood and a few others, but for most of my childhood, there was not a large enough population base that we had restaurants or other such businesses. That’s why search lights were the highlights of many of my childhood evenings. On the rare occasion that a new business would open they would turn the lights on, and our family would follow the lights till we got to the new business. It was a BIG day for the Faulks when we got a Taco Bell, or an HEB. The concept is simple, when a new business opened, we all wanted to see it. The search lights simply gave us the incentive to get there.
This coming week at church we are going to look at the search lights God put in the heavens to show men what new thing he was doing. When God decided to come to this earth, he did not do it quietly, but instead he gave evidence after evidence of his big plan. One of the big pieces of evidence was a new star placed in the heavens to proclaim the birth of Jesus Christ, the King of this earth.
Often in my childhood as we chased our searchlights we would arrive to find that the great Taco Bell opening that we had migrated to was not nearly as crowded as we would have guessed. Many people on those same nights saw the searchlights and simply chose not to chase them.
In Jesus’ birth, many men saw the star, or were told of it and simply chose not to join the chase.
This Christmas the gospel message will be proclaimed in churches, on television, in neighborhood nativities and in the skies. The question for us is whether we will be willing to set aside our busy lives to make room for the baby king.
Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.