Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Happy Epiphany!

What, you don't know what Epiphany is? Well, in a nutshell, it is the holiday where we celebrate Jesus as King and God and Sacrifice, to quote the words to "We Three Kings" often misidentified as a Christmas Carol.

This day, always January 6th, is the day we commemorate the arrival of the "Wise Men from the East" who visit Jesus, the first gentiles in the Bible to "pay homage" to Jesus. They do so by bringing gifts of gold (to signify Jesus' royalty), frankincense (signifying his divine nature) and myrrh (foreshadowing Good Friday). And so when we sing of Jesus as King and God and Sacrifice we are really singing as well about the three gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

So how will you honor Jesus as King, today? How will you follow our Servant-King this day?

And how will you carve out time from your busy schedule of tasks and expectations and procrastinations to bend the knee (literally or figuratively) and worship to Jesus as God?

And how will you follow the example of Jesus as Sacrifice; who so willingly gave of himself for others? Whom do you need to sacrifice for, today?

Happy Epiphany one and all!

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