Friday, 10 January 2014

Christ's Star

The lesser-known Puritan minister, Thomas Adams, has much to say about the theme, Christ's Star, in his sermons, meditations, and other divine and moral discourses.

He finds in this a multiple wonder: that extraordinary men, by an extraordinary star, should find the King of heaven in so extraordinary a place. That is, he sees wise men, seeking a star, finding a Saviour, and one who lies in a manger.

By the direction of God, and their own devotion, they are brought to the Messiah. As they worship him, and present to him gold, frankincense, and, myrrh.

Those who delight to cast clouds on the clear sun raise many questions here, but to no real profit.

That conjurer-prophet Balaam (Numbers 24:17) was led figuratively to the Star, but we are led to it by faith. It prefigures the gospel, our schoolmaster which brings us to Christ. Blessed are those who follow it. It shall lead them to the babe Jesus.

Jesus! Name of wondrous love,
Name all other names other,
Unto which must every knee
Bow in deep humility.
                  William Walsham How 



  1. This was a far better star to follow, than many of the "stars", which have huge followings in our current age!