The observance of Epiphany is common among Christian churches which follow a liturgical schedule such as: Roman Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist, Church of England and a few other denominations. The word epiphany means a revelation. For example, one might say, “I had an epiphany regarding what I should do at work, or school or home today.” That means a person had an instant understanding of a truth or an idea. The Epiphany observed in some churches means: The revelation of Jesus to the gentiles by the wise men. Please note* Epiphany is an invented man made observance. It was not a celebration given by God to His creation via scripture which makes the observance highly suspect. However, I’m not one to throw the baby out with the bathwater. As with all extra-biblical observances, we can choose to either ignore them (which is often the best thing to do) or we can make meaning in a way that glorifies God and deepens our relationship with Jesus. Only you can make that decision. In the case of Epiphany, I choose to make meaning.
First of all it is clear in scripture that Jesus came to offer salvation to both gentiles (anyone who is not Jewish) and Jews.
Romans 10:12 (AMP)
For there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile; for the same Lord is Lord over all [of us], and [He is] abounding in riches (blessings) for all who call on Him [in faith and prayer].
Jesus is for everyone! But, what I really like about the notion of Epiphany is that we are reminded that we can have deeper, and deeper knowledge of Jesus (epiphany, revelation, and relationship) because that is what He desires from us. There is ONE spirit given to us in Jesus:
1 Corinthians 12:13 (NIV)
For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Ah, here we are at the heart of the matter. The Spirit we ‘drink’ (take in) is the Holy Spirit. Given to us by Jesus to offer us hope, encouragement, protection and more in these latter days (the time of Jesus’ resurrection until the time of His return) The Holy Spirit gives us revelation of Jesus; an epiphany! So, if you choose to observe the manufactured form of Epiphany in your church; while you are there ask the Holy Spirit to give you a greater revelation of Jesus Christ. You won’t be disappointed. The Lord, Jesus Christ wants each of us to have a greater revelation of Him!
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John…
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