Advent No.13: The story of the North Star

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I’m not trying to push my religion on you. But Advent is the time to celebrate the coming of the second coming if Christ. And It’s fun to wake up knowing that Christmas is coming all too quickly! Good thing I’m 80% done with Christmas shopping! Here’s a little back story of Jesus’ birth, with lil quips by yours truly & possibly give you some insight into how things truly were! Enjoy!

The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed(had sex), Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) (I bet that was a shock!) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced. (Such a gentleman!) (They were only like 14 & 16 years of age)

While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus—‘God saves’—because he will save his people from their sins.” This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term:

Watch for this—a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son;
They will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”).
Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.
(Matthew 2)

About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census(tax) to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant. (If people are as bad as they are today, I bet the gossip was terrible then…)

While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket(swaddling clothes, which you use on dead people, as in those days, They;Jews & gentile, believed would make them unclean, so they traveled with grave clothes, as on long journeys some didn’t make it to the destination.) And laid him in a manger (a feeding trough), because there was no room in the hostel(hotel).

There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. (I can only imagine such a glorious sight to see!) They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.” (Jewish baby Jesus)

At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed. (I would be too)

Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told! (That’s the way God works, he knows the end from the beginning and everything in between! Everything he says lines up, as long as we listen to him!)

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod(cruel, wicked, unhappy king) was king of Judea. After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem.(notice it doesn’t say their was only three wise men, that’s because there were many many more than that! But through years time, people shortened it to three because there were only three types of gifts, Gold, frankincense & myrrh that were brought.)  They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose. Now we have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard about it, he was very upset. Everyone in Jerusalem was troubled too. So Herod called together all the chief priests of the people. He also called the teachers of the law. He asked them where the Messiah was going to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied. “This is what the prophet has written. He said,

“ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are certainly not the least important among the towns of Judah.
A ruler will come out of you.
    He will rule my people Israel like a shepherd.’ ” (Micah 5:2)
Then Herod secretly called for the Wise Men. He found out from them exactly when the star(North Star) had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem. He said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report it to me. Then I can go and worship him too.”

After the Wise Men had listened to the king, they went on their way. The star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them. It finally stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. The Wise Men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Jesus was not poor. He was very, very wealthy! The wise men gave Him the gifts that would last him a lifetime and probably then some! I mean, he got gold, that’s pretty expensive! And have you seen the price of just the essential oils of frankincense & myrrh?!) But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they returned to their country on a different road. (So glad He obeyed God, things would be strangely different)

When the Wise Men had left, Joseph had a dream. In the dream an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph. “Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you to come back. Herod is going to search for the child. He wants to kill him.”

So Joseph got up. During the night, he left for Egypt with the child and his mother Mary. They stayed there until King Herod died. So the words the Lord had spoken through the prophet came true. He had said, “I brought my son out of Egypt.” (Hosea 11:1) (Luke 2)

So, I hope you enjoyed this true story. And I hope you’re enjoying advent so far! Love you all and I’ll see you tomorrow! -Ryn

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