Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Facts and Fiction #6

Was there really a special guiding star that first Christmas?

Matthew 2:2 quotes the Magi, " We saw his star in the East and have come to worship him."

Was it a conjunction of planets? An asteroid? A comet? Is there an explanation?

Astronomer Hugh Ross says that one possibility is that it was a recurring nova. "An easily visible nova (a star that suddenly increases in brightness and then winthin a few months or years grows dim) occurs about once every decade," he said.

Most novae explode once, but a few undergo multiple explosions separated by months or years. This, Ross said, could account for how Matthew says the star appeared, disappeared, and then reappeared and disappeared later.

We do know that the Magi were miraculously led by a great sign in the sky. It was God's birth announcement to the world of Magi who had undoubtedly been trained to look for the Messiah by Daniel while he was in captivity many generations before the birth of Jesus.

Amazed at God's wondrous and creative ways of communicating ~ Bob

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