When you look at nearly any Christmas banner or maybe watch a Christmas show you will notice the star at the top of the sky or Christmas tree. The bright object, first told of in the New Testament of the Bible, has been a source of controversy for years. What was the star of Bethlehem? Was it a real star or just some kind of illusion?
Plenty of explanations have been put forth by professional scientists around the world, but do any of them agree with the facts?
Among the most common of these explanations only a couple stand out as plausible.
Supernova: A supernova is a star that has exploded. The star of Bethlehem appeared and seemed to disappear multiple times (Matthew 2:2 and 9-10) so a supernova does not fit.
Comet: Comets can not lead Magi from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, a trip of about 6 miles from north to south (Matthew 2:9).
Planet conjunctions: There have been reports of planet conjunctions (when two planets pass by each other so closely that they look like one celestial body) around the time the Magi would have seen the star but planet conjunctions are things the Magi would have seen often.
So, what was the star of Bethlehem?
Matthew 2: 2, 7, 9 and 10 give us the first look into the star’s history and background. Matthew 2: 2 says, “Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.”
The star, as the text suggests, was only seen by the Magi (wise men). This in itself doesn’t leave much room for debate about supernovae, comets or planet conjunctions.
Matthew 2:9 says that the star of Bethlehem led the Magi from Jerusalem to the exact house that Jesus was living in. Some of the things supernova, comets, planet conjunctions and every other natural object in the sky don’t do are go north to south and lead Magi to an exact house. It is unnatural.
So, if not a natural object, what does that leave as a possible explanation for the star of Bethlehem? If not natural, what? There is really only one explanation. The star of Bethlehem was really a supernatural object destined from the beginning to lead the Magi to Christ!
And, in case you were wondering this does not contradict the Bible because the word used for “star” in Matthew is defined as a ” star (as strown over the sky), literally or figuratively.” (Strong’s Greek Dictionary). So, the evidence points towards a supernatural light that guided the Magi to the home of Jesus! Isn’t God awesome!