Friday, December 9, 2016
Epiphany means appearance or manifestation. Christians celebrate Epiphany after New Years as the manifestation of Christ for the whole world. The wisemen came bearing gifts for the Christ-child. They represented the whole world. The world, all people, needed a savior not just the Jews.
Epiphany is really the bridge between Christmas and Easter. The two are inevitably connected. We look back and forward. It serves as a reminder of what we are supposed to be. We spend most of our lives conjugating three verbs; to want, to have, and to do. These three verbs are transcended by the verb to be. The essence of the Christian life is tied up in being. Jesus called us to be salt, yeast and light in this world. The living Christ has begun something in you and me from which we cannot escape – something that will not let us go. “I am with you always.”
The wisemen from the East followed a star to the manger and they knelt in humility before the Christ. Somehow, they saw in Jesus, hope. Hope for the healing of our brokenness. Alan Paton said it, “I need a star that will not play false with me, a compass that will not lie.”
I have found that only in Jesus Christ.