1/5/2011 3:37:24 PM
What is Epiphany?
January 6 is Epiphany, when we celebrate the making known of Jesus to the non-Jews, and remember the wise men who visited the baby Jesus.
There are many misconceptions about the wise men. Scripture does not say how many there were, but since they brought 3 gifts for Jesus, some assume that maybe there were 3 wise men. The wise men did not visit Jesus on the day he was born, as the shepherds had. The wise men visited months later, after Mary and Joseph had moved into a house in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:11).
The wise men were not Jews, but came from another country to worship the baby Jesus. God had selected the Jews as His chosen people, but Scripture is also clear that God also chooses everyone from every race and country to be His own (Romans 10:12-13; Colossians 3:11). God offers eternal life in heaven to every person of every race, gender, or position in life, even the worst of criminals (Galatians 3:28; 1 Timothy 2:3-5; 1 Timothy 1:15-16).
We pray: Lord thank you so much for loving me and all people everywhere. I know I will have eternal life in heaven, because Jesus paid the penalty for my sins and for the sins of everyone else too. I praise You for making me an heir of eternal life. Amen