The Appearing

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

The twelve days of Christmas ended yesterday; today is The Epiphany, the beginning of a new season in the liturgical year. We will be in Epiphany for nine Sundays, and then begins Lent.

What is Epiphany? It means “the appearing” or “the revelation”, and marks the visit of the three Magi, Gentiles who came from a far country, led by a star to visit Jesus. Because these were the first Gentiles to meet Jesus, this was the first moment of the revelation of Jesus Christ to all nations, the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy that “Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.”

How did the magi respond when seeing Jesus? Matthew tells us that they were overjoyed, they bowed down and they worshipped him. Then they gave him their treasured gifts. May you and I respond with such tender and surrendered hearts to our Lord! May we be a community of great joy, because of the gospel, bowed down in worship and offering the very best of our time, talent and treasure.

There are still many among the nations who have never met Jesus. If you want to get more involved in praying for the nations, check this out. Who knows, God’s answer to your prayers might be to send you!

Serving our global God,