Sunday Devotional: The Star of Bethlehem

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars….” ~Luke 21:25


Matthew 2:1-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”
When King Herod heard this,
he was greatly troubled,
and all Jerusalem with him.
Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people,
He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea,
for thus it has been written through the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
since from you shall come a ruler,
who is to shepherd my people Israel.”
Then Herod called the magi secretly
and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said,
“Go and search diligently for the child.
When you have found him, bring me word,
that I too may go and do him homage.”
After their audience with the king they set out.
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.

star of bethlehem
From the Star of Bethlehem Project:

A strange star is claimed to have appeared at the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. This site is an investigation of the story found in the Biblical Gospel of Matthew, a story often called the ‘Star of Bethlehem.’ It brings the words of Roman and Jewish historians alongside the visions of ancient prophets. It mixes “modern” mathematicians with murderous turmoil in the Roman imperial court. It combines all these with astronomical facts which no one disputes. And it concludes that the star was a real event.


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Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
5 years ago

Bless you Dr Eowyn, for that spiritual feast on this Sabbath day!

5 years ago

Awesome video! I bought the DVD around Christmas 2013 (after hearing about it on 700 Club) and played it for my family, played it last Christmas as well….will play it this Christmas 2015. Very informative and beautiful. I can feel the Holy Spirit flowing through Rick Lawson as he researched and “uncovered” truths about our Lord and Savior and shared it with his audience. I love to learn more about my Lord and Savior and events surrounding Him and feel closer to Him. To me, this video signifies God moving the stars to celebrate and announce the arrival of his… Read more »

5 years ago
Reply to  MomOfIV

I also saw this on a public TV station maybe 5 years ago…I tracked it down through internet research & sent to the production company asking to buy a DVD of it..which they sent me for a small fee…I’ve shared it through these years w/neighbors, friends, even school colleagues (my copy is copyrighted 2008…for content & design..I don’t know what theat means exactly…but that’s on my DVD)…..It is one of my treasured resources…the kind I’d save if my house was on fire & I could only save 5 things….etc….Here’s the website on the back of my DVD (don’t know if… Read more »

5 years ago

I should have tested this out before I posted…but here it is anyway….if you click on the webiste I posted above on my previous post…you will be taken to the Bethlehem Star movie site. You can order this DVD for less than 10 bucks!!!! HEY! That’s less than a date night at Mc Donald’s !!! It’s the cost of ONE adult movie ticket almost anywhere…. and your whole family can enjoy/study it…you can share it at your church youth group, your choir night, your Bible Study….share with your neighbors, friends, colleagues. It’s less than 3 gallons of gas even in… Read more »

Patricia Barton
Patricia Barton
4 years ago

I need to send the picture of the star to my daughter.
Could I do that?