“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.” Matthew 2:9
Many theories have been suggested about what the magi actually saw in the sky over Israel. Some have speculated it may have been a concurrence of bright stars, a comet or a supernova. But in my opinion explanations based on strictly natural phenomena fall short – and I will explain why.
If the Magi’s star were a natural star, it would have had to defy the laws of physics. The movement of stars usually traverse the sky from east to west. But the “star” the Magi saw led them from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, moving north to south. Further, the star led them to the precise location of a certain individual house, which of course a heavenly body, millions of light years from earth, could not do.
The Bible even says that when the star came to the place where the Child was, it “stood still”– something stars do not do. There is definitely something unusual about this “star.”
The Scripture doesn’t explain exactly what is going on here. Since we are left to speculate, I might as well give a theory of my own. It is possible that what the Magi saw was actually similar to something the prophet Ezekiel witnessed hundreds of years earlier. Let me explain.