And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said to him, In Bethlehem of Judea. For so it is written by the prophet, "And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the governors of Judah. For out of you shall come a Governor who shall rule My people Israel. Mat. 2:4-6
The Birth of ChristMatthew chronicles the genealogy of Joseph, the man who adopted Christ as his son, back to Abram.
- Tamar sold herself as a prostitute to her father-in-law
- Rahab was a Gentile prostitute, for whom God took extraordinary measures to save from judgment and her lifestyle of prostitution
- Ruth was from Moab, a Gentile
- Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah: Bathsheba was an adulteress, infamous for her sin with David. Guzik
Then Guzik goes on to say that these four women were named to show us that Jesus Christ was not some kind of “blue blood” in the sense that He did not come from a “pure” aristocratic background. What Guzik seems to have overlooked is that the lineage of Joseph had absolutely nothing to do with the lineage of Christ. Christ is the son of God, not the son of Joseph.
Luke gives us the chronology of Mary all the way back to Adam and then, one more step, back to God. He starts like this, Jesus ... being (as was supposed) son of Joseph. Luke 3:23 MKJV. It is interesting that in the Greek text the word "supposed" is "was-legalized". Simply put, Joseph legally adopted Christ as his son.
The Shepherds in the Fields
At the time that Christ was born, as was normal, there were shepherds looking after their sheep, out in the fields. At night, while they were watching their flocks, the light from a UFO shone all around them.
The shepherds were afraid of the spacecraft, so one of the Lord’s robots came closer to them and said, do not be afraid, this UFO has not come to hurt you. For behold, I give to you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:10
Here, suddenly, a new stage is set. The focal point is no longer, The Lord of Israel. The new theme is, peace on earth; great joy shall be to all people (nations), for Jesus, the Lord of Peace, is not a national god as were the gods of the UFOs. He is the Son of Jehovah, it is He who later will pay the penalty required by Satan, the god of this world. 2 Cor. 4:4. In his farewell speech, Simeon, speaking to Christ said, Your mighty power is a light for all nations, and it will bring honor to your people Israel. Luke 2:32
The wise men from the EastWell, first of all, nowhere does the Bible say that there were three wise men; most Christians think it does. This is a good example of how easily the masses follow the lead of theologians even if the theologians are totally wrong.
You know what a star looks like, right? You also know what airplane lights look like, right? I'm assuming all of you could easily answer yes to both questions. Now think about this: What if you knew what stars looked like but didn't know what an airplane was? What would you call the airplane lights?
Ok, I'm going to play the part of the person who doesn't know what an airplane is. Now, if I were to tell you that last night I saw a set of flashing stars that moved across the sky, what would you say? Would you agree that they were stars, or would you tell me that I really saw an airplane?
... Remember, the wise men knew what stars were, but probably didn't know what UFOs were: http://www.thelightside.org/EARSite/ears_ufos_biblefiles3.html
- The Romans were involved, for they had the military rule of Judea at that time.
- The Greeks, the intellectuals, were always looking for a new story to write or argue about, and they heard about the Messiah naturally, in the course of their activities.
- The Jews, being kin to the mother of Christ, were involved because of that.
- Another class of people needed to be called to the scene; the mystics, the astrologers from the East.
The wise men of the East, as would be expected, responded to the new light in the sky; a light moving from the East to the West. They decided to follow the "star", and when they arrived at their destination, the light shone down on a stable in Bethlehem.
Some scholars believe that Jupiter and Saturn were in conjunction at that time and that would make them appear to be a bright star. The light that the wise men saw certainly cannot have been normal stars or even planets in conjunction.
How can stars, or planets in conjunction, shine down on one particular spot in any one city?
The same argument must be used against the idea that the light was from a meteor; a meteor does not shine down on only one small area. The Bible says, the star which they saw in the east went before them until it came and stood over where the child was. Mat. 2:9. Planets and meteors do not stop just because certain people have arrived at their destination!
The people who advance those hair brained opinions surely cannot have thought very carefully about the ideas they present.
If we are going to speculate, why not speculate big time? Why not conjecture that the light was produced by a spacecraft? It could meet all the necessary requirements.
- In this case, a UFO could provide a light shining down to guide the Magi.
- It had the ability to move at the right speed so that the wise men and their camels could keep up with it on their journey of approximately 750 miles.
- It could wait for them while they needed to stop and rest.
- It could shine down on any one small town because it was close enough to earth to "spotlight" that town.
- It could direct its beam to any chosen spot in that town: namely the stable in Bethlehem.