Christmas Star

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Christmas Star of Bethlehem nowadays often just called the Christmas Star is a major seasonal symbol throughout the world. The Christmas star has traditionally been associated with the spirit of the celebration. The stars that appear in the sky today are the same ones that were there two thousand years ago.

Amid the speculation, what remains most spectacular about this story is the perseverance and hope of the wise men, led only by God’s divine direction, to bow down before the promised King. After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

In the second chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, we read of magi or “wise men” from the east who traveled to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem, following a star that led them to the Christ child.  These ancient scholars were most likely from the Persia region which is east of Jerusalem and includes the pagan city of Babylon.  As far as we know, these magi were the only people to see or follow this star.

Some star gazers suggest that if we move the birth of Jesus to the springtime of 6 B.C., we can attribute the star to the time the planets Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were close together in the heavens. They formed a triangle in the group of stars known as Pisces.