The star of Bethlehem which led the wise men of the east hither has become a sweet tradition for modern day Christmas. Here is the story of the star of Bethlehem. “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem … behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him…. And …they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy” (Matthew 2:1-9- New King James Version).
It is believed that the Star of Bethlehem was a temporary and supernatural light. Two details in Matthew show that:
First, the scriptures mention that only Magi saw the star. So, the suggested theory that maybe comets, conjunctions of stars, or supernovas are the reason behind the heavenly body of Bethlehem is not feasible because these heavenly activities would then be visible to everyone on earth not just the Magi and further there is no historical record of such events.
Second, the star went before the Magi and led them directly from Jerusalem to Jesus’ house in Bethlehem. This is a distance of about six miles, in a direction from north to south. However, every natural object in the sky moves from east to west due to the earth’s rotation. And it is also difficult to imagine how a heavenly light could lead the way to a particular house.
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