"For we have seen his star in the east and are come to worship him." Matthew 2:2
Previous to the birth of Christ everywhere in the East men were looking, because of prophecies, for the advent of a great King who should rise from among the Jews.
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What was this star? There have been many answers to this question; let us listen to what seems a natural explanation.
In December, 1004, the astronomer Kepler saw a strange sight in the heavens which was repeated several times in a few months, but which occurs in its entirety but once in 800 years. It was a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, and five months later Mars joined with these two, forcing a fiery trigon in the constellation of Pisces.
Kepler, and later Professor Pritchard, made calculations which proved that this heavenly event must have taken place in its regular order at about the time of the Savior's birth, and it seems to me that this conjunction must have formed the new and splendid "star in the East" which the magi saw and followed.
The story of their journey and of the planet's movements can be told in correlative detail and seems to prove, step by step, the theory here advanced. In any event the star was the divine guide to these Eastern inquirers and led them to the true Savior of the world. Rev. John A. B. Wilson, Preaching at Howard-Steeet M. E. Church, 1898. Visit The Methodist Episcopal Church in San Franciso Today.
BACC Christmas Eve Service Element / Performed live. This contemporary carol is simply called, "Adore Him" it is sung in this video by Kari Jobe.