Excerpt from The Star in the East: A Sermon Preached in the Parish Church of St. James, Bristol, on Sunday, February 26, 1809; For the Benefit of the "Society for Missions to Africa and the East" When, in the fulness of time, the Son of God came down from heaven to take our nature upon him, many circumstances concurred to celebrate the event, and to render it an illustrious epoch in the history of the world. It pleased the Divine Wisdom that the manifestation of the Deity should be distinguished by a suitable glory: and this was done by the ministry of Angels, by the ministry of Men, and by the ministry of Nature itself. First, This was done by the ministry of Angels; for an Angel announced to the shepherds "the glad tidings "of great joy which should be to all people;" and a "multitude of the heavenly host sang Glory to God in "the Highest, on earth, peace, good-will toward men." Secondly, It was done by the ministry of Men; for illustrious persons, divinely directed, came from a far country, to offer gifts, and to do honour to the newborn King. Thirdly, It was done by the ministry of Nature. Nature herself was commanded to bear witness to the presence of the God of Nature. A Star or Divine Light, pointed out significantly from heaven the spot upon earth where the Saviour was born. Thus, I say, it pleased the Divine Wisdom, by an assemblage of heavenly testimonies, to glorify the incarnation of the Son of God. All these testimonies were appropriate; but the Journey of the Eastern Sages had in it a peculiar fitness. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.