Matthew 2: 9-10: When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen 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 exceedingly great joy.
This verse in Matthew is talking about the Wise Men who searched for Jesus due to a prophecy. After mistakenly trusting King Herod, he told them to report back to him. His plan was to destroy this one who was called Ruler. They did find the Christ child, but returned home by an alternate route to avoid Herod.
This year, 2020, with all of its bad times, we are going to be shown a miracle. For the first time since the year 1226 we will be able to see this star. Jupiter and Saturn will look like a double planet, dubbed the Christmas Star, not seen since the middle-ages. This celestial event is the conjunction of these two planets and can be seen about 45 minutes after sunset this week. This will be an exceptional occasion as they will pass very close to one another, (about 400 million miles apart), but due to the alignment will appear as one. Scientists believe it was such a conjunction of planets that may have created the Christmas Star.
This all sounds very interesting, and I wish I had a telescope to view this extraordinary event, but all I know is the Bible tells us about this marvelous phenomenon, and how it led astronomers to find the Christ child. They say around the time of Christ’s birth a planetary conjunction was formed with Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. This we can be sure of, God wanted a star to guide these men and one was there to get the job done.
During the Christmas season people are busy shopping, wrapping gifts and planning meals, baking cookies, and trying to figure out how to have some sense of normalcy in this chaotic year in which we are living. Many can’t be with loved ones. Many are ill or have a family member ill at this time. Nevertheless, I want to encourage you that there is HOPE! This planetary conjunction may or may not be the Christmas Star, but it symbolizes our hope in Christ.
Read the Christmas story in Luke to your family this year. Enjoy your gifts, your meals and loved ones, but remember Jesus. After all He is the reason for the season. There is another saying we hear a lot this time of year, “Wise men still seek Him.”
Be wise this year, begin a search for Christ in your life. You will never regret it. Ask Him into your heart, and to forgive your sins. You will be at the amazed in your life as you come to know this wonderful person of Christ. He came to this world once as a babe in a manger. He is coming again soon to take His church to be with Him. Trust these words, they are Bible prophecy. Seek Him today. You can find peace in this chaotic year of 2020, if you’ll only do this one thing. Until next time!
Please join us at New Season Assembly at 7 pm on Christmas Eve for a candlelight service. Everyone is welcome. You may call Paula for more info, 304-677-9220, or just come on out.