Tonight I want to Continue with looking into the meaning behind Christmas decorations with the Star Of Bethlehem. Today it’s either used as a topper for the Christmas Tree or displayed as part of the Nativity Scene. As I researched for tonight’s post I was amazed at the number of articles that try to figure out how to make the Star into some explainable cosmic event such as a Supernova, Comet or an alignment of the planets. That would make it easier to explain away the miraculous birth of the Messiah. As if all that happened was that the Magi studied star charts and calculated when the event would occur. While I believe that there was a certain amount of looking for signs that would lead up to the appearance of the Star Of Bethlehem I believe that the Star Of Bethlehem itself was a special creation of God that existed only for a limited time to fulfill the Prophecy.
“I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.”
What I learned most while reading up on the Star Of Bethlehem was that in trying to deconstruct a miracle it’s so easy to lose it. How often do we pray for answers and then try to explain those answers away? We all do that at some point in life. Outside of the obvious symbol of Star in fulfillment of prophecy I think that the Star on the top of the Christmas Tree should remind us to simply trust and follow. If we can learn that the God will do the rest.
Standing in for the Star Of Bethlehem in tonight’s feature image is the full moon as seen through a cross six lens filter.
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