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By Dr. Dan Wuori
Tuesday is a special day. (Did you know?) We call it Epiphany.
When you’ve had an epiphany it means that you’ve come to understand something important –so what a perfect name for the day that we celebrate the visit of the magi or “wise men.” They follow a star and have an epiphany of their own – much like Simeon did in last week’s Gospel lesson – that Jesus is the Son of God.
Lots of times we think of the wise men as being part of the Christmas story – and visiting Jesus in the manger – but that’s probably not true. We think they visited when he was a little older. We’re also not quite sure how many of them there were. Usually we think of there having been three – but that’s probably because the Bible tells us they brought three presents: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
But the important thing is what their visit marked. In the Gospel of Matthew, the visit from the magi is important because it is the first time that Jesus is recognized by others as God in human form. We call this the “incarnation.”
God came to Earth in the form of Jesus – and throughout the Gospels we hear stories about the epiphanies of those around him as they come to realize just how special he is.
Will you remember Epiphany on Tuesday? Good.
We thank you for coming to join us on Earth in the incarnate form of your son Jesus. Help us to arrive at epiphanies of our own as we study your word.
Copyright 2009, Dan Wuori. Used by permission.