December 24, 2015

“saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  Matthew 2:2

I love art.
I am a fan, not an expert.

As a fan, I can appreciate the beautiful; marvel at mastery; admire creativity; absorb emotion.  However, the artist’s meaning is often lost in mere fandom.  An artist’s message often flies over my engineering oriented head as I just appreciate the exhibition.

I am greatly assisted by the art experts who explain the symbolism crafted into a piece.  I love the pure joy in reading a work of literature for entertainment.  I also love the delightful astonishment from the revelation of a carefully crafted message imbedded in a work of which I was oblivious.

I often appreciate art in its various forms and know that I am missing a deeper meaning.

This is how I feel about the night sky.
I am a fan, not an expert.

I marvel at the beauty of the stars on a cloudless night.
The images from the Hubble space telescope are as beautiful to me as any painting.
It is easy to get lost in the fandom of a star-lit sky.

I know that many who stare at the same sky, will not see any meaning.  They see chaotic beauty.  They see an expanding universe of fascinating happenstance.  They may wonder what is out there, but they don’t see art because art necessitates an artist.

I see an Artist.
However, the meaning in the artist’s art flies over my head on most nights.

This is why I appreciate the film The Star of Bethlehem.  This film provided me with that feeling of delightful astonishment in the revelation of the Artist’s meaning in the night skies during the marvelous events that we are celebrating this Christmas.


In that night sky:
Jupiter, Planet of Kings, was coming into a close conjunction with the star, Regulus;
Sharu is what the Babylonians called Regulus, which means ‘king.’;
Rex is what the Romans called Regulus, which means ‘king.’;
At the beginning of the new Jewish year, the Planet of Kings met the Star of Kings.
~Bethlehem Star Coronation

In that night sky:
Jupiter, the Planet of Kings, was rising in the east;
Over a period of months, Jupiter reversed course in what is called retrograde;
However, Jupiter was to reverse course on three occasions, closing in on Regulus each time.
Jupiter, the Planet of Kings, created a halo around Regulus, the Star of Kings.
~Bethlehem Star Coronation

In that night sky:
As Jupiter was beginning the coronation of Regulus;
The constellation Virgo, The Virgin, was rising in the east behind Leo (Lion);
The Lion of Judah is the symbol of the tribe of Judah;
When Jupiter and Regulus were first meeting, Virgo rose clothed in the Sun;
A new moon was symbolically birthed at the feet of The Virgin.
~ Bethlehem Star: The Birth of a King

In that night sky:
Jupiter traveled on through the night sky from Regulus;
Nine months later, Jupiter aligned with Venus, the Mother Planet;
They aligned so perfectly that neither planet was distinguishable;
Their alignment made the brightest star within the life time of those living;
If one looked from Jerusalem toward Bethlehem in December of 2 BC,
the Planet of Kings hung over prophesied city of the Messiah’s birth.
~ Bethlehem Star: Westward Leading


The Bible tells us about wise men coming from the east in search of the newly born King of the Jews whose star they had seen.  What an understatement.  I doubt if Matthew or any of the disciples understood all that had been written in the sky when the visit of the wise men was  chronicled.

Most missed the meaning in those night skies.  The few who looked up, probably saw a display with the appreciation of a fan at most.  It was only a small group of experts, wise men, who saw the meaning of the Artist.

The Artist created in the origination of His work the meaning of this ordained event.

The Artist was not surprised by anything in His creation.  History has not been His correcting of creative mistakes.  His masterpiece, proclaiming the coming of His Son in human flesh, was cosmic mastery of planets and stars, creating the most spectacular of birth announcements on the canvas of a night sky.

It was and is an extraordinary masterpiece.

Remember, as you gaze into the night sky of Christmas
that the meaning of this season was truly written in the stars.

God painted the night sky with:

A Star of Wonder
A Star of Light
A Star of Royal Beauty Bright

That Star is still guiding us to the Perfect Light!



PRAYER: Lord, you are GREAT and GREATLY to be praised.   I praise you Lord for you are my God, my Redeemer, my Savior.  You are my Lord who adopted me by giving the Light of the World for my sins.  Thank you for creating at the foundation of earth this story of amazing love.  Thank you for displaying your glory for all to see – give me eyes to see your glory and a voice to proclaim it.  I pray this in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen


  1. […] WRITTEN IN THE SKY – Dec. 24 […]

  2. So many things about our awesome God flies over my head as I stare agape in wonder at His artistry. This is a beautifully crafted post which inspires and fills the heart with joy. I only regret not having found it sooner. Blessings.

  3. Thanks!

  4. I haven’t seen the movie, but I loved what you wrote. Thank you for sharing it.


  5. Great blog. I enjoyed very much.

    • Thanks

  6. Reblogged this on SimplySage and commented:
    Once in awhile I come across post that just immerses my attention. And this post is one.

    Completely fascinating! It’s a topic glossed over in numerous Christmas themes, songs, and carols. It’s form sits atop most of our Christmas trees, yet it’s logic defies all knowledge. And it’s wonder even escapes the most astute true Christian believers.

    Skeptics may begin to consider a truth that transcends beyond their usual logical conclusions. And true believers will be filled with an even greater faith in the miracle we call in this modern day, “Christmas”.

    I hope you take the time to read this very short post, even watch The Star of Bethlehem video. (It’s currently available via YouTube.)

    Enjoy the magnificence!
    Peace, Alexandria

    • Thanks for the reblog

      • You’re very welcome! Most excellent post. I rarely re-blog but this one worthy of it. Three of my family watched the Star of Bethlehem and my husband thought it so good he purchased one. It’s on our table and we can’t wait to watch it as a family. Wow, mind-boggling!

  7. Beautiful.

    • Thanks Anna; I hope you had a great Christmas. JD

  8. Beautifully done! Wow. Am sharing this one for sure.

    • Thanks; I hope you had a great Christmas. God Bless! JD

  9. Thanks for a most insightful post, beautifully expressed. I plan to check out the The Star of Bethlehem on your recommendation. As always thanks for the likes.

    • Let me know what you think of the movie once you get a chance to watch it. I always appreciate your insight. God Bless! JD

      • JD

        I saw a documentary entitled the Star of Bethlehem on YouTube on Christmas Day. I’m not sure if this is the one you referred to. I was familiar with some of the information, in that I did a teaching at Christmastime a number of years ago and pointed out that Jesus Christ was not a babe when the wise men sought him. The whole account of the birth of the Savior is full of miracles that never fail to amaze me. I trust that you had a blessed Christmas and that the New Year will abound with blessings for you and yours.Dr. J

  10. Loved this. Never stopped to even think about this aspect. How amazing. Thank you for taking the time to write it.
    I reblogged it on http://www.homegrownheaven.wordpress.com
    Hope that’s OK with you!
    Nollaig shona duit from the Emerald Isle.

  11. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner.

    • Thanks for the reblog!

  12. I remember watching the Star of Bethlehem and being mesmerized by it all…there is so much to be amazed by, to stand in awe of. I love the sky here at night…in New Zealand there is so much less light pollution than in the Netherlands were I now live. And it is so beautiful. How easy it is to not stop and look what He has painted right before us. Really enjoyed reading your post (BTW my husband’s an engineer too, but sadly not a believer).

    • I think it is so important to step back in wonder at the amazing creation all around us. I’ll be praying for your husband; God can do amazing things – even change the mind of an engineer:) God Bless! JD

  13. Views from Hubble have expanded my view of creation, thus I stand in awe and wonder. Merry Christmas to you.

    • Amen!

      • I’ll second that.

  14. Merry Christmas Brother.

    • Merry Christmas to you as well. Are you going to be watching the Michigan State vs. Alabama game on New Years?

      • Oh, no doubt. My wife and daughters are State fans too.

      • Awesome; I wasn’t sure which Michigan nation you were aligned to. MSU has had a great season; I hope they take it to the Tide.

  15. Thank for for giving me more insight about that special night, it made appreciate more the great wonders of the Lord and amazing artist He is 🙂

    • That movie did the same for me; I am glad I could share it. God Bless! JD

  16. Reblogged this on JESUSaves.net and commented:
    This is a viewpoint I never explored when meditating on the night my Saviour graced us with His coming to earth…..

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