noun (also Epiphany)
the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12).
• the festival commemorating the Epiphany on January 6.
• a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being.
• a moment of sudden revelation or insight.
Today is Epiphany on the church calendar, a day in which most Christians around the world remember the beautiful story in Matthew 2:1-12 of how the whereabouts of God-with-us was revealed to the wise men.
That’s what an epiphany is all about–something is revealed in a moment.
The wise men went to pay homage to the unlikely newborn child who was the fulfillment of the healing savior the psalmist sang of in Psalm 103:2-3 a thousand years before the epiphany the wise men experience:
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all God’s benefits. He forgives all your iniquity and heals all your diseases.”
As healthy as you or I may be–and I for one am richly blessed to have had 67 years of mostly excellent health–we all suffer from a terrible human disease in the sense of our being constantly wracked by a sense of dis-ease.
We all live in fear and anxiety, unwilling to surrender all to the healing savior the wise men (who were Gentiles, mind you!) were wise enough to get to without fail.
Happy (Epiphany) Friday.
2:1 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
2:2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
2:3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him;
2:4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.
2:5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
2:6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'”
2:7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared.
2:8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”
2:9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.
2:10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.
2:11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
2:12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.