Star witness: someone who provides major and crucial information about an event, designed to shed light on a situation.
One of the all-time greatest witnesses of an event: Bethlehem’s star! But other star witnesses came forward that earth-shaking day in history.
“There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood…Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, ‘Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.’
“‘Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.’
“They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed…The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!” (Luke 2:8-20 Msg emphasis mine)
Sometimes we miss a deeper understanding of Scripture when we don’t dig into the definitions. If you’ve been a reader for a while, you know I love to dig!
But what have we missed? Using words from the most familiar passage of Luke 2, here are a couple of definitions and thoughts.
Luke 2:15 in the New King James Version says, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
The Greek word for thing is not what you might expect. Depending on which original text is used, the word used here doesn’t mean thing. From The Received Greek Text, the word used is rhema and means word, message, utterance, saying, that which is spoken, what is uttered in speech or writing.
When the shepherds received the announcement of Jesus’ birth, God’s Word through His messenger, they went, hurrying, meaning with haste, to speed, desiring earnestly to go.
After witnessing this Word of Scripture-promise come to life as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, the Greek text says in Luke 2:17, “they publicly told about the word spoken to them about this Child.” This is the only use of the Greek word. It means to tell abroad, to make known. It comes from two other words: one means inscribed and the other means to tell abroad, to publish abroad, make known thoroughly.
These were star witnesses, the very first evangelists, testifying of Christ’s birth.
Can’t you imagine what they said, “He’s here! The Messiah of the Scriptures is here! The promise has been fulfilled! He’s here! He’s here! The God of the universe has come down to be with us. The Prince of Peace. Immanuel! God with us!”
So, what about us? Are we star witnesses?
Do we provide major and crucial information about this hallowed, holy, and heavenly event? Do we shed light on Christ’s birth, telling others of this life-saving event?
Do we desire earnestly to tell everyone, “He’s here! He’s here! The God of the universe has come down to be with us. Emmanuel! God with us!”
May you desire earnestly to be a star witness!
Blessings of Christmas to you, Lynn