Epiphany

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epiphany

ɪˈpɪf(ə)ni,ɛ-/
noun
  1. the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12).
  2. a moment of sudden and great revelation or realization.

 

Today is a holiday in Italy. It is Epiphany or “Epifania,” the celebration of the wise men coming to worship the Christ-child.

Sometimes I can be really slow putting 2 and 2 together.

I never caught on to the relationship between the first and second definitions of the word, “epiphany” until just now. The fact that Jesus came, not just to save some, but everyone, regardless of their background, ethnicity, religious beliefs, education… this for some, is truly shocking. A great epiphany. This perhaps is something I have taken for granted having grown up being taught that Jesus’ love makes no distinction between Jew and Gentile and his sacrifice on the cross was made for all mankind.

But for those who have not grown up with this understanding, especially those who were labeled “Gentiles” at the time of Jesus’ birth, which would include even the wise magi, I can see how for them this would be a great epiphany indeed: to learn that the baby who was born King of the Jews, is actually the King of all kings, and came for everyone.

Thugs.

Slaves.

Thieves.

Untouchables.

Murderers.

Pagans.

Agnostics.

Self-righteous.

Atheists.

Everyone.

He came to be accessible to all. To pay the price to redeem back for Himself, people from every tribe, tongue and nation.

Thank you, Jesus, that you came as you did.

You came near.

You came humbly.

But most of all… You came for us.

All of us.

 

We throw parties and celebrate for far less exciting things than this. May the truth that Jesus came for all of us, no matter who we are and what we’ve done, be something we celebrate year-round and inform the way we love and care for one another.

 

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David… “

 

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