Children’s Sermon

Matthew 2:1-12

The Light Inside

By Lois Parker Edstrom


A cutout of a star or a picture of the night sky.

Do you like to look at the night sky? What do you see? Yes, the moon and many, many stars.

Did you know that you can also see light from a star during the day? Would it surprise you to know that the sun is a star? All stars are balls of gas that burn from the inside and give off light and heat. The sun is the closest star to earth so we see its light and also feel its heat.

You may have heard the Bible story about the wise men and how they followed a very bright nighttime star that led them to Bethlehem.The star shone over the place where Jesus was born.

The Bible tells us that when the star “came and stood over where the young child was, the wise men “rejoiced with exceedingly great joy” (2:9-10).

One interesting thing about this story is that a star, which gives off light from the inside, led the wise men to Jesus who was born to offer God’s love to the world and that love lights us from the inside. It gives us energy and allows others to see God’s love which shines from the inside of who we are.

When you look at the stars think of how they burn from the inside and how God’s love can do the same thing for each one of us. Shine!

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible.

Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan