It is believed that the star of Bethlehem was neither a conjunction of planets nor a nova, as others have suggested. The “star” that appeared at Christ’s birth was probably a “distant company of shining angels” ( v. 7). The wise men were led to interpret this unusual phenomenon as the fulfillment of Balaam’s prophecy of “there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel” (Num. 24:17).
A brief word about Christmas: the Bible doesn’t give us the date of Christ’s birth. December 25 may not be even close to the time Jesus was born. But the birth of Christ is a reminder of that glorious event that changed the world forever. More importantly, it brings to mind the miracle of new birth He creates in us when He comes into our hearts, saves us from our sins, and makes us children of God by the shedding of His blood on the Cross (Colossians 1:20). It is this amazing truth that enables us to say with the angels who lighted heaven, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14).
In His service,
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