Jesus was born in Bethlehem. There is no doubt about this—it is a fact of history.

The strange thing, however, is this: far away from the so-called Holy Land, far away from the genuine religion, far away from the temple, far away from the Jewish religious center, far away from the priests, the scribes, the Pharisees, and all the religious people, was a star showing something of Christ in a heathen land.

It did not appear to the Jews, but to the Gentiles, the heathen. Again and again people have been told that they must find Christ and know Christ by the Bible.

However, the first case of finding Christ in the Scriptures was not by the Bible. The magi did not have any Bible knowledge—they did not even have a Bible.

Merely to hold the Bible in our hand and read Micah 5:2 does not work…Those chief priests and scribes knew the Bible so well, but the Lord did not go to them.

He went far away to a heathen land to reveal this matter to some pagans, not through the Scriptures but through something which human hands cannot touch—a heavenly star.

Oh, we all need to see this star! It is not a matter of holding the Bible but a matter of seeing the star.

What is the star? The star is the living revelation, the living vision, not the dead knowledge of the Scriptures in the letter, not the dead knowledge of Micah 5:2.

What we need today is not merely Bible knowledge but the heavenly vision, the instant vision, the living vision, the vision that human concepts cannot teach…

Today many have the Bible in their hands, but they have not seen the star… To know Christ today is something living, not according to the knowledge of the Bible in dead letters but according to the living, heavenly star.

Witness Lee, Finding Christ by the Living Star, excerpt from pp. 4-7

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