Epiphany

Isaiah 49:6Indeed He says, ‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant To raise up the tribes of Jacob, And to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”

The term “Epiphany,” is a revelation of Jesus as “a light to the Gentiles”. Its context is usually as a sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something : an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) and is typically simple and striking.

There is an epiphany day which is a Christian feast day celebrated by Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans, and other Western churches on January 6. Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate the day on January 19th as a revelation (theophany) of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and thus Jesus’ (physical manifestation to the Gentiles).

Personally, I had always thought of this as the term generally used to describe a scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can also apply to any situation in which an enlightened realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective.

—If there is anyone who brings new and deeper perspective it is the Lord.

Acts 13:47 “For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the ends of the earth.'”

Jesus was an epiphany to the World

The advent of the Messiah on Christmas day was the realization of four thousand years of waiting. The hope in the Messiah was as a conquering hero, particularly with the subjection of the Roman government during that time in history.

What was it about Jesus’ birth that was so shocking?

The way the God of all Creation entered into our world was unheard of. For an earthly king to be born into such poverty and humiliation would be a serious mark upon a kingdom, for the Messiah to be born in such a manner was…….just like the character He presented.

Isaiah 53:3 “He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.”

The humility that Jesus embodied was beyond anything we have seen or heard. It is one thing for someone to show humility when they come from a fairly low position, but for Jesus to forsake His heavenly throne, a position He has held forever, is an act that has no equal.

*The more we understand of the majesty of God, the more significant this time in history has become.

It is far too easy to associate our reality with God’s reality.

A. We think in terms of limits, He simply has no limits.

B. We equate our human position with Jesus’ position as a man.

C. Jesus came from above, we come from below.

D. We have to lift ourselves up to be honored, Jesus had to lower Himself.

What does all this mean for us?

**It is impossible to follow in Jesus’ footsteps without God’s power in our lives.

Jesus exemplified power through humility, grace while enduring grief, love while suffering sorrow, and sacrifice while being a servant.

The world was so shocked by what they witnessed, it wasn’t until after His resurrection could they finally catch their breath and realize His majesty. As evidenced by the tens of thousands who accepted Christ after His resurrection, the aftermath of such a moment in history has reverberated throughout time.

The epiphany of the child who was King was made by the realization of the magi concerning a new dispensation of grace.

The gifts presented were gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The gold was the gift of a Kingship, the frankincense symbolic of Jesus’ priestly role, and the myrrh for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 19:16 “And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Forever, there will be no greater KIng than Yeshua.

Hebrews 7:17 “For it is testified: “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”

Jesus has offered Himself as the final sacrifice for the sins of mankind. To all who received His gift, they have attained eternal life.

Isaiah 53:5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

The scourge of sin dealt a deadly blow to all of mankind, Jesus has healed our infirmities by the blood He spilled for us.

Jesus conquered death by His death.

One day, all the world will know the majesty of the King of kings. The epiphany of the magi will be realized by all in that day. Every form of human pride that has been raised up against God will be brought low. Every power will be reduced to ashes, every king will acknowledge the true King, every false god will be rendered obsolete.

Psalm 95:6 “O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.”

We can bow now in humble submission or bow later in humility and shame. The realization of God’s power and authority will be seen by all and Jesus will reign forever.

Until that day, the light that is in the world has been made manifest through His people. Our hope is that just as the magi followed the star, those who walk in darkness will see the light of Christ in us.

Maybe, we can be the epiphany of hope to others.

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