What was the star that led the wise men to Christ? Was it a conjunction of planets, a comet, a supernova, a moon, an angel, or something else? Opinions abound, but many of them do not fit the details of the biblical text. What does the Bible have to say about this star?
In the second chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, we read of magi or “wise men” from the east who traveled to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem, following a star that led them to the Christ child. These ancient scholars were most likely from the Persia region which is east of Jerusalem and includes the pagan city of Babylon. As far as we know, these magi were the only people to see or follow this star. We do not read of any Jews following it. Herod and his advisors apparently didn’t notice the star because he had to ask the magi when the star first appeared (Matthew 2:7). This is ironic because it was not Jews who were seeking the King of the Jews and recognized His sign, but rather Gentiles. How strange that Gentiles from a pagan nation would respond to a sign from God and come to worship the King of the Jews, while the Jews were apparently oblivious to this sign. How is this possible? It was according to God’s plan.
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