EPIPHANY. It’s dictionary definition is “a moment of profound insight.” The Christian tradition celebrates this feast as the last of the 12 days of Christmas sometimes calling it Theophany or Three Kings Day. It is the day when the Magi, having followed the star over Bethlehem, arrive to witness the arrival of God incarnate, Jesus, the Christ.
“We observed his star at its rising.” Matthew 2:2
In the dialog presented by the author of Matthew, the birth of a peaceful Savior greatly disturbed King Herod and frightened all of Jerusalem with him (Matthew 2:3) leading the King to order the murder of all infants less than 2 years old. The scriptures don’t tell us of what Herod and Jerusalem were afraid. Competition? Losing power? Change?
Even though Jesus has been with us for the past 2000 years, our world hasn’t changed, has it? Those in power want to hang on to their power; they are afraid of change. They are afraid of competition from a spiritual entity which could usurp through the sharing of a peaceful message the materialistic and egotistic power which they wield. Jesus had an uphill battle from his birth to bring God’s message of peaceful existence to a corrupt and heartless humanity. That humanity crucified Jesus in hopes of neutralizing a lifestyle totally contrary to the ways of greed and degradation which the world loved and pursued. But, they failed to realize that the God-spark, that divine DNA within each of us, cannot be quashed. It cannot be denied its rightful place as heir to our divine nature. Jesus’ spirit lives on forever having been victorious over physical death and human depravity. He reigns!
That star over Bethlehem typifies the light of Christ. The book of Matthew tells us that the star drew the Magi from distant lands with earthly gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh, but they then bowed in spiritual reverence at the cradle of a Savior, a messenger of peace.
Happy Three Kings Day. The light of Christ continues to shine independent of one’s religious tradition or lack thereof. It is the light which overcomes our fears, which relieves our anxieties, which blazes on eternally to remind us that who we are in Christ should be the brightest star in our personal universes. It is God’s light which shines into the deepest recesses of our fears bringing, through Jesus, a reign of inner peace and serenity. It is truly an epiphany worthy of celebration.
Lord, let it soak in, let that light enter all my fearful spaces and create from my spark of divine DNA a beacon of comfort to mankind. Amen
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:7