Christmas Star

Author: Pastor Mitch Williams
December 24, 2020

Earlier this week while riding my mountain bike up a trail in Briones Regional Park an hour after dusk, I noticed there were many others on the trail as well. They were intently looking into the night sky. That night, December 21, the “great conjunction” occurred when the planets Jupiter and Saturn lined up their orbits, some calling it the Christmas Star (since it’s so close to Christmas). Apparently it takes Jupiter 12 years, and Saturn 29.5 years, to orbit the sun. The last time these two planets were perfectly aligned for the whole world to see was March 5, 1226.

I asked the other star gazers where to identify those planets. They pointed me in the direction. While scrutinizing the night sky I saw what appeared to be twin very bright stars very close to one another. Wow! What a sight!

Some have suggested that a similar star conjunction could have been discovered by the Wise Men, eventually leading them to the new born Messiah in Jerusalem.

But the scriptures tell us the Wise Men were led from the East to Jerusalem by no ordinary star construct. What appeared to be a star was in fact a group of angels who eventually led the Wise Men to Bethlehem.

And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Matthew 2:9-11

Each night as we look up into sky and see countless stars, may we grasp again an unimaginable concept. The Creator of all the stars and galaxies actually came to this little planet as a helpless infant and inhabited our world. What more could God do to show us His love? It was that God actually died for His creation!

As you celebrate Christmas in a year like none other, may you remember that Jesus loves you more than all of the stars. His love for you burns brighter than any star. And His plans for you are eternal. Jesus was born so you and I could live forever! Merry Christmas! Let’s celebrate the birth of our wonderful Savior!