Epiphany: Wise Men Still Seek Him
What is Epiphany?
Matthew 2: 1-2, 9-11 “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 9, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”
Epiphany, in its simplest form, is the revealing of Christ. The Magi came a great distance, following a star that had miraculously appeared. When it stopped over the house of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, they knew it was a sign, and knowing the Old Testament prophecies about The Star of David, they bowed down to worship Jesus, and presented him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
How Can We Still Seek Him?
We can still seek Christ, in his Word! Seek him through the Gospel in Word and sacraments. By faithful seeking Christ in his word, our faith grows closer and stronger to our Heavenly Father. It’s an amazing gift and blessing Christ provides you and me.
Fun Epiphany Traditions!
- Instead of Elf on the Shelf, next year, try Wise Men Are Seeking. Pull out your Nativity, but instead of putting the wise men within the scene, everyday move them closer and closer until Epiphany!
- Three Kings Day–This fun tradition was told to me by my future brother-in-law, from the Dominican Republic. Instead of presenting their family and children with gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, they instead wait for Epiphany when the Magi would have presents Jesus with gold, frankincense and myrrh. I found this tradition adorable, and much easier to explain to little children as to why they’re getting gifts!