by Rick White

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Star Trek - The Ultimate Journey (2 of 3)
Series: Christmas
Rick White
Matthew 2:1-12

(Read Mat 2:1-12 NASB)

Introduction: ''Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise.

Her five-year mission:

To explore strange, new worlds;
To seek out new life andnew civilizations;
To boldly go where no man has gone before...''

These words, first spoken on television on September 8, 1966, gave the world its first glimpse of Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future. Since that day (nearly) thirty years ago, STAR TREK has become the most incredible collaborative effort ever seen in motion pictures, television, and publishing-a phenomenon that has inspired seven movies, four television series, and a line of best-selling books. STAR TREK's popularity is astounding; nearly fifty percent of the American public proudly proclaim themselves to be STAR TREK fans.

The stars and the planets have always been a mystery to man, long before there were trekies. While stars have always been a source of navigation and guidance, Matthew records a special star guiding a special group of seekers on the ultimate journey-the journey to find the Christ.


(Mat 2:1-12 NASB) Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, {2} ''Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him. ''The magi-called ''wise men'' in the KJV-seem to materialize out of nowhere. As characters in the Christmas story, they almost seem incongruous. Matthew gives practically no details about them-what country they came from, what system of belief they represented, or how they knew the meaning of the star they had seen. They just show up, leave their gifts, and disappear''. (Mac) All manner of notions about the magi have been advanced. Marvin R. Vincent, who wrote a series of very helpful world studies, ...

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