News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 6, 2013

THE JOY LADY: Shouldn’t we follow that star, bow down and worship Him?

Verna Davis
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Ask any person in any group of people to name a star, and you will get surprising answers. For instance, if you ask this certain preacher I know for the name of a star, he will smile and say, “Sandra Bullock.” Lately, maybe “Cheryl Burke” will pop from his lips. Or ask a freelance newspaper columnist you all might know, and she would say, “Ummm … star … ahhh … Denzel Washington.”

I asked some friends not long ago to name a star, and I got answers like, “Tom Selleck,” “Trisha Yearwood,” “George Clooney,” “Kelly Pickler,” “Elvis,” “Marilyn Monroe,” “Adam Levine,” and believe it or not, someone told me that Paula Deen was the greatest star of all time!

Can you name a star — a real star — a star in the sky? Well, there’s Vega, the fifth brightest star in the sky, 25 light years from the sun. There’s Capella, which some say is really two stars with the same golden hue as the sun. Don’t forget the Polaris star, the brightest star in Ursa Major, commonly known as the northern star, which is 434 light years away from the earth. And remember that the sun is a star, the largest star in the solar system, the one that takes up 99.8 percent of the total mass of the solar system. That’s a big star.

But then there’s that other star. The one mentioned in the gospel of Matthew. The star that was so bright in the night sky that it outshined all other stars. The star that led those wise men to find the young Jesus so they could worship Him. Now, that’s a big star!

We read about that star and those wise men in Matthew 2. “After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child and his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.”

Did you notice that? When they once again spied that big, bright star, they were overjoyed! (The King James Version says “they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” Then they worshiped Him.

Jesus deserves our joy. The angel said to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

Jesus deserves our worship. “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Shouldn’t that also be our reaction, too? Shouldn’t we exhibit an overjoying joy — an exceeding great joy — when we meet Jesus? And like the wise men, when we meet Jesus, shouldn’t our reaction be to bow down before Him and worship Him?

Verna Davis, speaker and writer, may be reached at