Everyone loves to hear “you are a star” – it feels good and it is an acknowledgement of a job well done. We also give star status to actors, sports men and women, famous media people, and politicians. When we give star status to people, we are saying they light up a dark world and are role models for others to follow.
Matthew 4:12-16 (NIV), gives super star status to a unique person:
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee… by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali – to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
“Galilee… the people living in darkness have seen a great light” – yes indeed, because the man with the brightest star in the night sky over Bethlehem during his birth, the star that silenced every other star, was now shining super bright in Galilee.
We see the result of this in Galilee in Matthew 4:23-25 (NIV):
Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching… preaching… and healing people who had all kinds of disease and sickness. The news about him spread through the whole country of Syria, so that people brought to him all those who were sick, suffering from all kinds of diseases and disorders: people with demons, and epileptics, and paralyzed people—and Jesus healed them all. Large crowds followed him from Galilee and the Ten Towns, from Jerusalem, Judea, and the land on the other side of the Jordan.
This is super star power – large crowds from all over including foreign countries Syria and the “other side of the Jordan”, followed Jesus. No other teacher, prophet, king, or political leader of the Jews had this kind of effect in and out of Judah.
Happy New Year – may our super star, Jesus Christ, shine his light upon us, to guide us through this dark world, every moment of 2020, Amen!