Christmas Star Discover the Christmas custom, story, myth and legend associated with the Christmas Star. This festive tradition and Christmas custom, with its familiar symbol and meaning, has evolved over time. But what is the history, meaning and origin of the Christmas Star? The Christmas Custom, Origin and History of the Christmas Star is religious and relates to the Story of the Nativity. This article provides facts and information about the history of the Christmas Star as a familiar symbol, tradition and Christmas custom.
Description of the Christmas Star - The Christmas Star The Christmas Star (The Star of Bethlehem) is the basis for many Christmas decorations. It is usually depicted as a five pointed star. One of the most popular of all the Christmas decorations is the Christmas Star which is often attached to the top of the Christmas Tree.
What is the Christmas Star? The Christmas Star is the special star that was followed by the Three Wise Men, also known as the Magi, which led them from the east to the place where Jesus was born, in Bethlehem. The Christmas Star is also referred to as the Star of Bethlehem.
The Magi and the Christmas Star The Christmas Star relates to the the biblical story of the Three Wise Men and the part that they played in the story of the Nativity of Jesus. The story of the Three Wise Men and the Christmas Star are detailed in the Bible in Matthew 2, 1-5; 7-15; 19-23 as follows:
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea 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 come to worship him.
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled. And when he had gathered the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. They said, In Bethlehem of Judea.
Then Herod privily called the wise men, and inquired of them what time the star appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Search diligently for the child; and when ye have found him, bring me word, that I may come and worship him also.
The wise men departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it stood over where the child was. They rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they saw the child with Mary his mother, they worshipped him: and they opened their treasures, and presented unto him gifts, gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Picture of the Three Wise Men
The Three Wise Men and the Christmas Star The Three Wise Men, or Magi, were the first to worship Jesus Christ and therefore particularly respected by many Christians. The Greek word 'Magi' is usually translated as "wise men." The Three Wise Men had identified a star which they believed signified the birth of the King of the Jews. The Three Wise Men were therefore deemed to be "astronomers" or "astrologers". The ancients believed that astronomical phenomena were connected to important terrestrial events and the study of the stars was accorded great respect. A celestial event, such as a brilliant star in the sky, a shooting star or a comet, was believed to be the precursor to the fulfilment of a prophecy from God about a great change on the planet and for humanity in general.
The Christmas Star and the fulfilment of the Star Prophecy The Christmas Star is traditionally linked to the "Star Prophecy" which is an interpretation to a Biblical text from the Book of Numbers 24:17:
I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, and shall smite the corners of Moab, and destroy all the children of Sheth.
The 'Star' referred to in the passage has been interpreted as being the special star, now called the Christmas Star, which was followed by the Three Wise Men and led to the infant Jesus in Bethlehem.
Christmas Star Christmas is celebrated worldwide, throughout the Christian population of approximately 2275 million people, but is also celebrated by many non-Christians as a secular, cultural festival. A Christmas custom or tradition is symbolized by a familiar symbol or icon, such as the Christmas Star, have come to represent the spirit and meaning of this special time of the year.
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