Thursday, December 17, 2020
THE CHRISTMAS STAR
SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 2:1- 12
The Christmas Star, also known as the Star of Bethlehem, played a major part in the story of the birth of Jesus.
In the Bible, only in the book of Matthew, do we find the story of the Star and its relationship to the Wisemen’s visit to Baby Jesus. These three men were most likely astrologers, so they were well aware of the Star’s significance. Although many try to relate the Star’s appearance to certain astrological occurrences, I believe that the Magi (the three Wisemen) considered it to be just the Star of Bethlehem – meant to worship Jesus’ birth and direct them to the Bethlehem stable.
Astrologists through the years believed the Star to be a comet because several were visible at that time. Another theory was a Supernova (one was seen as recently as 2005) from the constellation Aquila. These are suppositions and have no proof.
This will be a Christmas like no other. We will have restrictions, reminders, and ideas much different from other years. However, it will still be Christmas and the Star will be a great reminder of Jesus birth and God’s love for us.