- Jesus - The Real Star of Christmas
when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea
in the days of Herod, the King, behold,
there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem
saying, 'where is He that is born King of
the Jews, for we have seen His star in the
east, and are coming to worship Him'."
- Matthew 2:1-2
Who is the
real star of Christmas - Santa Claus or
Jesus Christ? What is the real spirit of
Christmas; revelry, drunkenness, commerce
or love, joy and peace in the Holy Spirit?
What is the
real message of Christmas; a temporary cease-fire
in time of war? A thaw in international
tensions? Giving gifts to patch up deteriorating
relationships or permanent change in individual
hearts by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord
Who are the
real wise men - the Gracchi or the Magi?
Those who seek solutions to their problems
by conferring with one another - on the
horizontal plane - like the ancient Gracchi?
Or those, who like the Magi approach God
- on the vertical plane - for supernatural
was indeed an historical person who made
an impact on society by giving unselfishly
to the poor and needy. He, however, is not
the star attraction of Christmas.
star of Christmas is Jesus Christ
Whose birth we commemorate because
of the Gift of Eternal Life
which He gives to all who make room for
Him in their heart of hearts!
STAR - A SUPERNATURAL SIGN!
Press (CP) carried a story - some years
ago titled: Yule Star Called
a Comet, quoting astrophysicist Paul
Feldman. The National Research Council scientist
told the Royal Astronomical Society in Ottawa
that Chinese records for March of 5 B.C.
mention a broom star that could
have been easily seen by the Magi coming
He said that
the comet travelled eastward for about 35
days, which would have given the Magi ample
time to travel the 1,100 miles to Jerusalem
. The comet would have been obscured by
the sun and invisible to the human eye.
reached Jerusalem and consulted with Herod
and were told of the Biblical prophecy concerning
Messiahs birth in Bethlehem, they
made the 5.5 mile trip. By then, the comet
would be visible from the west and seen
to be pointing towards Bethlehem .
that Matthew was the only gospel writer
to mention the star because he was a civil
servant - an educated man who had access
to government records. The other gospel
writers were uneducated fishermen.
states, And the Gospel according to
Luke confirms that Jesus was born in the
spring of the year. Luke says the shepherds
were watching their flocks at night and
the only time that is done is during lambing,
which happens at the time of year the comet
It is believed
that Christs birthday, Christmas,
commemorated on December 25th because it
coincides with the winter solstice, a time
of rejoicing and celebration among very
THE REAL TRUTH?
truth is that the guiding star was a supernatural
sign from God - to the magi testifying to
the supernatural event taking place...God's
Son being incarnated in human flesh!
years earlier, the prophet Isaiah stated
that a virgin would conceive and bring forth
a Son called Emmanuel - meaning "God
with us". Therefore the Lord
Himself shall give you a sign: Behold
a virgin shall; conceive, and bear a Son,
and shall call His name Immanuel. (Is.7:
Spirit of Christmas should be one
of peace, joy, love and humility as we bow
before Him in worship and adoration. We
should begin our giving by submitting ourselves
to His lordship.
is not a time for revelry, drunkenness and
greed, but of sobriety, generosity and kindness.
OF CHRISTMAS IS THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST
The Gospel of Christs supernatural
birth, sinless humanity, vicarious death
for us all on the cross and His spectacular
resurrection from the dead, coupled with
His offer to free humanity from Satans
chains of bondage is the true message of
"For unto you a child is born, unto
you a Son is given: and the government shall
be upon His shoulder; and His name shall
be called Wonderful Counsellor, the Mighty
God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince
of Christmas is one of goodwill - teaching
mankind to embrace the life of God - which
brings lasting peace; unlike the pseudo-peace
that comes from deceptive New Age teachers
with their transcendental meditation, spirit
guides, yoga, channeling and spiritualism!
wise men are those who like the magi, seek
Jesus Christ and find in Him the answers
to their problems!
political philosophy was in competition
with the spiritually oriented beliefs of
the Magi. And the danger in our society
is a drift toward secular humanism! Pope
John Paul wisely stated: "The trouble
today is they are trying to horizontalize
MUGGERIDGE - celebrated writer and broadcaster
- wrote: Christ is the only answer
to an insane world. They will not understand
that the trouble with the western world
civilization is not economics, but more
- good and evil!
are thinking they can make things work by
policies, inventions, but man will never
live on this planet without God!
PASCAL warns, If they turn away
from God, one of two things can happen.
They will think they are gods and go mad
or turn to carnality and become animals.
BERNARD SHAW stated, I am ready
to admit after contemplating the world and
human nature for sixty years, that I see
no way out of the worlds miseries
but by the way that would be found by Christs
GLADSTONE, Prime Minister, statesman
and one of Great Britains greatest
legal minds during the 19th Century, said:
Talk about the questions of the day!
THERE IS BUT ONE QUESTION, AND THAT IS
THE GOSPEL. That can and will correct
everything! I am glad to say that about
all the men at the top in Great Britain
are Christians. I have been in public positions
fifty-eight years, all but eleven of them
in the Cabinet of the British government,
and during those forty-seven years have
been associated with sixty of the master
- minds of the century, and all but five
and Merry Christmas to each one! May the
light of Jesus Christs love shine
in all our hearts now and throughout the
coming year! Amen
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