Monday, Dec. 26
The Magi followed a star to find the baby Jesus. This has some serious problems which most of us don’t even think about. We all know that a star is a huge fire ball that sends energy in the form of light to the rest of the universe. Our sun is a rather small star that has been spewing out energy for thousands of years with no sign of diminishing its supply of fuel. Imagine our sun moving through the sky to lead the Magi to Bethlehem. Ludicrous! So the Greek word for this leading light is misleading. The problem stems from the fact that the light that led the Magi was unique and there was no word in any language to describe it. The word “star” was used because it looked like a star. In some ways it did not act like a star. It was moving at a pace that would be appropriate for plodding camels to follow. It probably stopped at day break every day since most desert travel is at night and both camels and travelers hole up during the day. At the end of the journey the “star” hovered over a single spot and stopped. God evidently snuffed it out when it completed its mission. The Magi were quite aware that their entire experience was a divinely designed provision to guide them to the baby Jesus.