Names of God: Bright Morning Star

Jesus, the bright Morning Star
by Hosanna Lovegren

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
~Rev
22:16

Here at the end of our Bibles, Jesus calls himself the Root of David, the Bright Morning star. It comes at the end of a book and at the end of a history that describes the misery and suffering of a fallen world, a “dark and evil age.”

We find ourselves in the same place. Our world has good and beautiful things, but surrounding us and within us is the filth of human sin, which no people or nation has come close to pushing back. Yesterday I heard a man on the radio tell about how his stepdad held a loaded gun to his head when he was seven. He was abused and left in a large storage cooler to die when he was five. He speaks now at detention centers across the country that are filled with children who have lived through similar things and worse. Each of us knows things about this world that make us reel back in horror, or fear, or with a sense of helplessness to do or change how things are.

“I wait for you, my soul waits for you, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”

Jesus’ promise to us that he is the bright morning star is something for us to hang on to in the dark nights of waiting. We have seen the first tint of dawn, our Savior, risen from the dead. When he says, I am the bright morning star, it is a promise, that though it’s still dark, the sun is coming. It may be awhile yet, but he’s coming. Then all evil will be hurled into the lake of fire, and the full sunshine of his kingdom will flood the world with light.

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