“Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.””
Matthew 2:1-2 NLT
Sunday 6 January 2019 was Epiphany which means manifestation or “a showing”. It marks the celebration of the arrival of the Magi from the East, precise number unknown, to offer their worship and gifts to the One born to be King of all nations. These high officials, perhaps even royalty themselves, signify that Jesus is a message of salvation and hope for the entire world, not just for Israel.
They arrive in Jerusalem having observed an unusual natural phenomenon. They’d seen a star rise above their eastern homelands and undertook an arduous and dangerous journey to pay homage to the King this star announced. They reflect the character of obedience and the real cost of discipleship. They respond long before Jesus has started his earthly ministry. One lesson here is that God can speak authoritatively without the need for words. Humanity has a responsibility to be vigilant to God’s invitation in whatever way such invitation is issued.
Epiphany marks the twelfth day of Christmas when the majority of decorations are traditionally taken down. In the East, Epiphany marks Christmas Day itself. In the West, it celebrates the arrival of the Magi at Jesus’ crib.
I see myself represented in the Magi, for I too made a journey to discover the truth of Jesus and then determined to commit my way to pursuing God. I too needed to discover how to discern the voice of God and how to humble myself before him.
What first drew you towards God?
Thank you, Father, that you revealed yourself to the world through your Son, Jesus Christ, and that you invited me to know this King.