The Feast of the Epiphany

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Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

Matthew 2:1–2 ESV

As the twelve days of Christmas have passed and Epiphany comes upon us today, it would be good to understand the season we enter. The Christian year is at its best when it instructs us instead of binding our consciences. In this case, we are instructed that the light we read about in John 1 is for all people — Jews and Gentiles. The wise men of Matthew 2 were not Jews but Gentiles from the east. Epiphany is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 60:3 that states:

And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.
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The Greek term epiphoneia means “manifestation” or “appearance”. So Epiphany is the manifestation of the Son of God as the Savior of the world. Other instances in the Bible such as the Baptism of Jesus and the Wedding at Cana are associated with this manifestation. As the church, we are to go forth in this season proclaiming the Light to the world for all to hear.