The Star of Bethlehem is associated with the visit of the magi (wise men) from the East as recorded in Matthew 2:1-12. The text implies the Star appeared only to the magi in the East (the “East” most likely being the area of Persia, or modern-day Iran). There is no biblical record of anyone else observing this phenomenon. The magi saw something in the heavens that alerted them the Jewish Messiah was to be born (in Matthew 2:2 the magi refer to the star as being “His star”). The Star prompted them to travel to Jerusalem, the Jewish capital. This would be the logical place to start looking for the birth of the King of the Jews.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is a popular bedtime rhyme written in 1806 by Jane Taylor. No one knows her inspiration for writing the imaginative lullaby although the poem was widely acclaimed then and even more so today. The bedtime rhyme, now having also been set to music, is a true childhood treasure. While the rhyme is simple, its message is more profound than one might think.
Through the centuries, and especially from the birth of Christ, men have wondered about the stars twinkling up above so high. One star stands out among the incalculable number of stars, known as the Bethlehem Star. Perhaps Jane Taylor wondered about it too when she sat down to pen the rhyme that has fueled the imaginations of children ever since.
Approximately 2,000 years ago, a group of wise men traveled from the East to find a young child who had ““been born King of the Jews”” (Matthew 2:2). Guided by a star, these magi eventually found Jesus and worshipped Him. While there are many misconceptions about this biblical account in popular culture, the truth about their journey can be an object lesson for us today.