Thursday, January 12, 2017

Celebrating the Day Star

UV 2173/10000 Celebrating The Day Star
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised.
Psalm 113 v 3

The sun is the day star, the only star that is seen by day, a mighty symbol of the power of the Creator. Jesus is described in the book of Revelation as the Daystar, the Morning Star. His position, His titles, His authority, His kingdom, His character, His place in human history, His wisdom, His work are unique and nonpareil or without equal. The effulgence of the glory of Jesus is similar to that of the sun and it will outlast the sun. Just as the sun travels in a majestic arc across the day sky, shining brightly as it seems to travel, the presence of Jesus travels with us and above us, casting away all shadows of sin, its consequences, curses and eternal death. Unlike the sun, no cloud of fear or doubt or negativity can obscure the face of Jesus from us. The radiance of His presence is seen in all aspects of our lives: our families, our children, our work, our network, our finances, our relationships, our contributions.

The British Empire was called the empire on which the sun never sets. But the sun did set on that empire like all others mighty kingdoms and empires of the past. But the name of Jesus shines brightly in all nations. It brings hope and meaning to the lives of countless numbers of people. The sun fills the entire earth with its light even as Jesus fills the entire world with His love, grace and truth. The manger leader or manager acknowledges his debt to Jesus on whom he models his entire life by offering praise and thanksgiving. We do not worship the Lord for His sake but for our sake for as we praise and adore Him with our souls, we are like travellers from cold places who bask in the tropical sunlight, absorb energy and produce enough Vitamin D to last the rest of the year. We get enough Vitamin D as we bask in the presence of Jesus, where D stands for the five determinants of an effective, meaningful, impactful life: devotion, dedication, determination, discipline and diligence.

The sun appears to move degree by degree. In truth, it is the earth that is moving. The sun never rises or sets. Jesus never rises nor sets in our lives. He is always there for us, shining with the warmth and light of His great love. That light drives out the darkness, the anger, the bitterness, the folly, the pride, the lusts that lies in each of us. We are progressively being transformed into the image of Christ, degree by degree, day by day, moment by moment. We need to be like solar panels constantly absorbing the energy of Jesus and transmitting it to others. We need to offer our lives, our lips, our work, our talents, time and treasure increasingly, degree by degree to the Lord each day. In the city of Las Vegas, every casino has a show every hour, on the hour, that celebrates some legendary theme like Treasure Island or Pirates of the Caribbean and so on. Jesus is no legend or make believe fairy tale. He is as real, powerful and majestic as the sun in its geography. It will be a good and blessed practice if we take a moment to pray, praise and thank Jesus every hour, on the hour as far it is feasible, from the rising of the sun to its going down. One minute exclusively with Jesus per hour would greatly bless the other 59 minutes of every waking hour and beyond that He sets His angels to guard us as we slumber for He does not slumber or sleep.

Prateep V Philip

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