Astronomy, Astrology, and Good News

Passage:Matthew 2:1-12

Preacher: Ben Phillips

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany, specifically focusing on the visitation of the wise men (magi) from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 2. Usually the words "astronomy", "astrology" and "Good News" don't go in the same sentence, but if we are to understand what brought the magi from the East to visit baby Jesus, we must have an understanding of ancient Babylonian (Persian) astronomical data (based on actual ancient tablets) and their astrological interpretation of what they saw in the night sky all those thousands of years ago. It lead them to see that Almighty God has given a new King to usher in a new age, and their journey leads us also to know and trust Jesus as the true and great King.