Tomorrow Christians around the world will celebrate Epiphany, the revelation of God, incarnate in Jesus Christ. Generally speaking, it celebrates the coming of the Magi, commonly called the Wise Men, signalling Jesus’s appearance to the gentiles. Epiphany also means an appearance of a divine being, such as angels or God. When someone has a revelation, it has also been said that they had an epiphany.
Well, I have had an epiphany!
I’ve never been big on Church holidays. I’ve just never felt as though I needed to have any additional reminders of the things for which these holidays represent. I’ve always tried to remember the impact of the events a bit more regularly, in my quiet times, in prayer and meditation, and in conversations with others. While I don’t begrudge anyone for celebrating the holidays, and I do take part in most of them through church activities, I’ve just never understood why we needed special days to celebrate Jesus’s birth, death, and resurrection. These events are foundational to our faith. We should let the power of these days resonate so deeply in our being that they are never far from our mind.
On the other hand, it’s so easy to lose touch with our roots in all of the busyness of the world. We should celebrate Jesus’s birth. We should count it all joy that the Wise Men from the East paid homage to the King of all kings who had chosen to reveal himself to Jew and gentile alike by becoming one of us!
I guess that we should never let an opportunity pass to be reminded of what great love God had for us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). We should take every chance to remember that Jesus died for us, knowing full well how many times we would stumble and fall. He knew that he was dying for you, bound by habitual sin, ashamed to be called a Christian when you are with those certain “friends”, or afraid of what others might think when you have a chance to share Him with others. I’m not getting down on you, we all fail from time to time, I, more often than I’d care to acknowledge.
I’ve had an epiphany, and I pray that you will, too! Let’s never take for granted all of the wonderful things that God has done for us, collectively and individually. This weekend take some time to reflect on the impact of Jesus’s revelation, to the world and to you.
Blessings on your weekend!