It's fast approaching the time of year we celebrate the birth of Jesus. It can strike fear into the hearts of retailers, joy and happiness in the hearts of children, and sadness for those who are a lone. Bringing the truth of Christmas to this world is not an easy task. It's a message we need to hear year round for eternity! According to the dictionary this is the meaning of Christmas;A Christian feast commemorating the birth of Jesus.
This is my opportunity to bring to you a look at the birth of the One who became The Christ through the eyes of Edgar Cayce. I think it will give you a higher view of the moment of His birth. From my heart to yours, may you know the Christ!
the girls that morning. Mathias and Enos were there, as was Judy, the recorder and teacher who would one day teach Jesus. Soon the girls appeared and began to climb the steps to the altar. Mary led the procession. Now nearing her 13th birthday, she was becoming a lovely young woman with chestnut hair and blue eyes that danced with merriment. Behind her came her friend Josie, who had become like a sister to Mary; and next, Jenife, a year younger than Mary. Jenife’s gray eyes were watching Mary’s bright hair as though following a beacon that day. Then there were the others: Andra, Sophia, and the other Mary, who remained friends with Mary and Jesus all their lives. Farther back in the line, Edithia walked with her dark head bent, deep in thought and prayer. Edithia and Jenife were sisters, the daughters of an innkeeper who kept an inn near Bethlehem. As Mary reached the top step there was thunder and lightning. She stood still, her eyes looking up in radiant wonder and awe. A great halo of light formed around her, and within the light, the angel Gabriel appeared, taking the child by the hand before the altar. Wide-eyed, Judy stood still. Mathias drew in his breath sharply, and Enos stifled a cry. This was the manner of choice; this was the showing of the way, for Mary had led the others on this day! After a moment, the vision ended, and Judy directed the girls to take their usual places. Josie and Jenife were stunned by what had happened to Mary. It would be three more years before Mary would conceive the Christ-Child, and longer still before she would join Joseph. But as that time approached, the famed Wise Men had already begun their journey, and Mary’s teacher, Judy, had begun to play a role in what would now unfold in the land.
Mary at 16 Once their schooling was complete, about three years after the appearance of the angel Gabriel to Mary on the stair, all of the students at Mt. Carmel returned to their homes. At 16, Mary had become a beautiful young woman. She was serene and happy by nature. One day, when she was alone in her favorite meditation place, the angel Gabriel again suddenly appeared beside her. “Hail!” he greeted her. “You who are highly favored. The Lord is with you.
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EC: Yes, we have the information that has been indicated respecting some of the events surrounding the birth of Jesus, the son of Mary, in Bethlehem of Judea. The purposes are well known, for which the journey was made in the period. The activities of Joseph are well known. The variation or difference in their ages is not so oft dealt upon. Neither is there much indicated in sacred or profane history as to the preparation of the mother for that channel through which immaculate conception might take place. And this, the immaculate conception, is a stumbling stone to many worldly-wise. The arrival was in the evening, not as counted from the Roman time, nor that declared to Moses by God when the second passover was to be kept, nor that same time which was in common usage even in that land, but what would now represent January sixth. The weather was cool, and there were crowds on the way. For, it was only a sabbath day’s journey from Jerusalem. There were great crowds of people on the way from the hills of Judea. The people were active in the occupations of the varied natures in that unusual land. Some were carpenters – as those of the house of Joseph, who had been delayed, even on the journey, by the condition of the Mother. Some in the group were helpers to Joseph – carpenters’ helpers. Then there were shepherds, husbandmen, and the varied groups that had their small surroundings as necessitated by the conditions of the fields about Nazareth. In the evening then, or at twilight, Joseph approached the Inn, that was filled with those who had also journeyed there on their way to be polled for the tax as imposed by the Romans upon the people of the land. For, those had been sent out who were to judge the abilities of the varied groups to be taxed. And each individual was required by the Roman law to be polled in the city of his birth. Both Joseph and Mary were members of the sect called the Essenes; and thus they were questioned by those not only in the political but in the religious authority in the cities. Then there was the answer by the inn keeper, “No room in the inn,” especially for such an occasion. Laughter and jeers followed, at the sight of the elderly man with the beautiful girl, his wife, heavy with child. Disappointments were written upon not only the face of Joseph but the inn keeper’s daughter, as well as those of certain groups about the inn. For, many saw the possibilities of an unusual story that might be gained if the birth were to take place in the inn. Also there was consternation outside, among those who had heard that Joseph and Mary had arrived and were not given a room. They began to seek some place, some shelter. For, remember, many of those, too, were of that questioned group; who had heard of that girl, that lovely wife of Joseph who had been chosen by the angels on the stair; who had heard of what had taken place in the hills where Elizabeth had gone, when there was the visit from the cousin, and as to those things which had also come to pass in her experience. Such stories were whispered from one to another. Thus many joined in the search for some place. Necessity demanded that some place be sought quickly. Then it was found, under the hill, in the stable, above which the shepherds were gathering their flocks into the fold. There the Savior, the Child was born; who, through the will and the life manifested, became the Savior of the world – that channel through which those of old had been told that the promise would be fulfilled that was made to Eve; the arising again of another like unto Moses; and as given to David, the promise was not to depart from that channel. But lower and lower, man’s concept of needs had fallen. Then, when hope seemed gone, the herald angels sang. The star appeared, that made the wonderment to the shepherds, that caused the awe and consternation to all of those about the Inn; some making fun, some smitten with conviction that those unkind things said must needs be readjusted in their relationships to things coming to pass. All were in awe as the brightness of His star appeared and shone, as the music of the spheres brought that joyful choir, “Peace on Earth! Good will to men of good faith.” All felt the vibrations and saw a great light – not only the shepherds above that stable but those in the Inn as well. To be sure, those conditions were later to be dispelled by the doubters, who told the people that they had been overcome with wine or whatnot.
Just as the midnight hour came, there was the birth of the Master. The daughter of the inn keeper was soon upon the scene, as was the mother of the daughter, and the shepherds that answered the cry – and had gone to see what was come to pass. Those were the manners, and the ones present soon afterwards. For, through the period of purification the Mother remained there, not deeming it best to leave, though all forms of assistance were offered; not leaving until there was the circumcision and the presenting in the temple to the magi, to Anna and to Simeon. Such were the surroundings at the period of the birth of Jesus. 5749-15
Links to selected authoritative web sites that present information on the history and astronomy of the:
Star of Bethlehem provided as a service by the Griffith Observatory. Dr. Ernest Martin is author of The Star That Astonished the World, the best reference for information on the star and especially the history of the events surrounding it. A must have! Order from: Associates for Scriptural Knowledge, PO Box 25000, Portland, OR 97225-5000. The web site also contains a short web animation from a MSNBC "Mysteries of the Universe" series.
"What was the Star?" is a nice summary of the history and astronomy by Frederick Larson.
An excellent article (as a pdf file) by an astronomer who focuses on the astronomy of the Star is The Star of Bethlehem at www.hillsdale.edu/imprimis/1996/Dec96Imprimis.pdf by Craig Chester, President of the Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy.
A short article by Kenneth Collins summarizes the account of the star. He has a short account of the origin and traditions of Christmas at Christmas Facts.
The massive History of Astronomy web site, maintained by the Working Group for the History of Astronomy at the University of Bonn, Germany, has a page on the History of Astronomy: Items: Astrology, Mythology, Religion, etc., with lots of links, some of which are relevant to the magi and the astrology they followed.
Articles on the Star published in the Planetarian, the quarterly journal of the International Planetarium Society, are Common Errors in 'Star of Bethlehem' Planetarium Shows, by John Mosley, 1981, Yet Another Eclipse for Herod by John Pratt in 1990, and Bimillenary of Christ's Birth: The Astronomical Evidence, by Dr. William Bidelman, September 1991.
A short souvenir booklet written by astronomer John Mosley to accompany "The Christmas Star" planetarium shows is marketed by the Griffith Observatory.
Lengthy background information can be found at Raymond Soller's Jesus and the Acceptable Year of the Lord and at Richard Carrier's essay, The Date of the Nativity in Luke, www.griffithobs.org/StarofBethlehem.html