Oh my God, what do I see? Cause it just appeared in the east / And I am afraid, what does it mean? / Is this the end of the world or a prophecy?
In his recent Christmas single, "Star," David Dunn plays on the story of the wise men following the star to find Jesus and focuses in on a part of Jesus' character that you might not often think about: His humility.
#1 The humility of Jesus
Overhead, over me the star light falls on a humble scene / And it may not look like royalty / But somehow I know that the child is King, but somehow I know that the child is King
The story of Jesus' birth really is fascinating when you think about it. The plan of God to save humanity unfolding right in front of the world's eyes, yet hidden in what were, on the surface, the simplest of circumstances. The King of Kings, the Savior had arrived, but not with some exuberant entrance that you would think that a king and savior would make. He had been born as a human being, unnoticed by the world around Him, placed in an animal's feeding trough because there wasn't lodging available for His birth. (Luke 2:1-20)
Jesus came in humility. We might not often think of Jesus as humble, but He is, and His humility is not in any way contradictory to His glory and power. Jesus was willing to set aside His heavenly glory and come to earth in the form of a human being to die on the cross to save humanity. (Philippians 2:5-11) Jesus was willing to put Himself in our shoes and live our human experience. He faced all of the same temptations that we do without sinning, so that He could be the perfect sacrifice for our sins, but He also faced all of the testing and suffering we do so that He could understand what we face in life and help us through those things. (2 Corinthians 5:21 / Hebrews 2:18)
Hebrews 4:14-16 tells us that Jesus understands our weaknesses and that we can come boldly before the throne of our gracious God and find His mercy and grace to help us when we need it most. As Christians, we follow a God who is not only divine but who can also relate to our human experience because He lived it and He is eager to help us walk through this life in His power. Come to Jesus with your temptations, trials and suffering and ask Him to comfort you and help you. He gets it.
#2 The message of Jesus
Oh and the star burns bright / Oh in the day and night / And nobody seems to know what it means or why it's hanging in the sky / Well oh yeah the star burns bright
I find the lyric interesting, "nobody seems to know what it means or why it's hanging in the sky." In the Bible, the star was a sign from God that led the wise men to where Jesus was - although they probably didn't find Jesus on the day of His birth, but rather about two years later. (Matthew 2:1-12) Although the Savior had been born, the wise men needed to be told about Him. They needed God to reveal His Son to them and draw them to meet Jesus for themselves. The same is true for people today in your life and mine who don't know about Jesus and why He came.
Those of us who have come to know Jesus now get to be light, so to speak, and help point people to Jesus who need to know about Him. (Matthew 5:14-16) Through the testimony of our lives of faith in Jesus and of our words sharing the Good News of Jesus, we get to help people discover the salvation and relationship with God that's available in His Son. He uses us as He works in the lives of others, drawing them to Himself. What an awesome privilege to be a part of God's work in someone else's life!
Spend some time listening to "Star" as it helps you reflect on Jesus, who is not only exalted and powerful but our humble Savior and King.
NRT contributor Jasmin Patterson is a lifelong fan of Christian music who is passionate about helping others connect with Christ. She lives in Kansas City where she serves in college ministry and runs a blog to help seekers and believers discover and live biblical Christianity.