Epiphany is a season of making known. It’s a Christian festival on January 6 to honor the arrival of the three wise men to Bethlehem to make known the arrival of the Lord. It’s also the day many of us take down Christmas trees, but that’s another story.
The coming of Jesus was first made known today to the wise men, and therefore all Gentiles. In thinking about this, I’m reminded of hearing someone claim that if Jesus came today and did signs and wonders in their presence that they would not question or doubt Him, but that they would believe immediately. I had a pastor who said that if Jesus came today, He would be broadcast over the radio and television and internet, and would reach many more people than He ever reached wandering from town to town in Israel.
Both views makes the false assumption that Jesus doesn’t come today. That Jesus came 2000 years ago, and that once He ascended into heaven He was no longer making Himself known to people on earth.
But that’s just not true. Epiphany still continues today. It continues through the Word proclaimed in pulpits and on TV screens. It continues through Baptism and Holy Communion. And it continues through one neighbor loving and helping another.
The message of Jesus continues today because He’s still present among us, working in us and through us to give hope of salvation and eternal life. Epiphany is about making Jesus known to people for the first time. To those who don’t know Jesus yet, they are still in Epiphany, learning who Jesus is and why He came.
Bring this Epiphany joy to others: help them to know that Jesus has come to save them from sin and death with grace and mercy. Make the love of Jesus known to those around you.