Celebrate the Day of the Holy Kings
Also, for many Christians, the holiday season doesn’t officially end until the 12th day of Christmas known as the “Feast of the Epiphany” or “Three Kings’ Day”.
12th Dec 2016
The Gospel of Matthew is the only gospel in the New Testament to share the account of the Three Wise Men, the Magi, who travelled from faraway lands in the east to Bethlehem, to see the baby Jesus. A bright star, the gospel tells us, led them to “the child who has been born king of the Jews.”
There must have been something very meaningful about this star and its brightness to impel these men – learned priests and astrologers – to travel the long distance to see a baby. Of course, as religious scholars, they had to be familiar with the Old Testament prophecies foretelling a new ruler coming from Israel:
“A Star shall come out of Jacob; a Scepter shall rise out of Israel...”
Ah, but as well-regarded scientists of the stars, the Magi were also knowledgeable about the movement of the planets and constellations in the heavens and their meaning, discovered and proven over centuries.
What, then, did they know as religious scholars and scientists?
Earlier this month, Grant Mathews, professor of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology at the University of Notre Dame, revealed astonishing results from a decade-long research: The Star of Bethlehem wasn’t a star, but an amazing coincidence of stars and planets that illuminated the heaven!
“Studying historical, astronomical and biblical records, Mathews believes the event that led the Magi – Zoroastrian priests of ancient Babylon and Mesopotamia – was an extremely rare planetary alignment occurring in 6 B.C., and the likes of which may never be seen again.”
The ancient astronomers calculated this remarkable heavenly movement and knew what would happen. They expected it! And they also knew what it meant from the tools they had at the time, that prophecy was fulfilled of “The One to be Ruler in Israel…” The Messiah had come!
So of course these scientists were compelled to travel to Bethlehem – they had to confirm, to prove, their discovery! Isn’t this what every scientist must do? And once confirmed, the knowledge must be shared far and wide. What good is science if it isn’t known?
The Magi of old couldn’t predict the far-reaching impact of their discovery. That remained to be proven by the complete life of Christ Jesus in his scientific demonstration of God’s laws to heal the sick, the blind, the lame, the hungry, the dead – every affliction that faced mankind. Wherever he went in his “laboratory of life” Christ Jesus consistently applied and proved the two most important laws of life for healing results:
“…‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Christ Jesus’ disciples carried forth the scientific application of these laws to heal physical infirmities as well as social injustices. And the Christianly scientific healers of today share their demonstrations so that all may know that the spiritual laws of life practiced by Jesus continue to operate for good, unchanged and undiminished in force and effectiveness.
“Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe.” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures)
The promise of the Christmas scientists is fulfilled.
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Greek symbol for ‘Christ’