The Epiphany of our Lord: He came for Jews and Gentiles

Isaiah 60:1-6

Your light has come,
the glory of the Lord shines upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth,
and thick clouds cover the peoples;
but upon you the Lord shines,
and over you appears his glory.

Nations shall walk by your light,
and kings by your shining radiance.
Raise your eyes and look about;
they all gather and come to you:
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters in the arms of their nurses.

Then you shall be radiant at what you see,
your heart shall throb and overflow,
for the riches of the sea
shall be emptied out before you,
the wealth of nations shall be brought to you.
Caravans of camels shall fill you,
dromedaries from Midian and Ephah;
all from Sheba shall come
bearing gold and frankincense,
and proclaiming the praises of the Lord.

adoration-of-the-magi

Today is the great feast of the Epiphany, which celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the magi — an event that, as you’ve just read above in Isaiah’s prophesy, had been foretold some 800 years before the birth of Christ.

The word “epiphany” (with a small “e”) is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as “a moment of sudden revelation or insight” and “a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being”. The word “Epiphany” (with a capital “E”) refers to “the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi”.

It is noteworthy that the first creatures to see the newborn Jesus were his human parents, Mary and Joseph; angels on high; humble farm animals; lowly shepherds; and Gentiles — the magi.

The magi were wise men, non-Hebrew pagans from the East. Bearing gifts fit for a king — those of gold, frankincense, and myrrh — their coming to Jerusalem to pay homage to “the king of the Jews” shows that they seek in the messianic light of the Christmas star, the one who will be king of all nations.

The Epiphany, therefore, signifies the manifestation of Jesus as Son of God and Savior of the world. He is not just the Old Testament‘s oft-prophesied messiah of the Jews. He is the Savior of Gentiles too — the Savior of all humanity.

As St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians 3:6:

“the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body,
and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”

Noteworthy also is the fact that the magi, as the first Gentiles to find Jesus, were also the first Gentiles to receive His salvific grace. As recounted in Matthew 2:12:

“And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.”

Jesus came for you and me. He came for all of us, no matter our race, gender, language, country, or creed. He was publicly humiliated and tortured, endured unimaginable sufferings, and nailed to a cross to die — for us wretched human beings.

Jesus loves us this much

The least we can do is to thank Him, love Him, and adore Him as the magi had done so many years ago.

Jesus, I love You — with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength.

And may the joy of the Epiphany and the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

~Eowyn

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9 responses to “The Epiphany of our Lord: He came for Jews and Gentiles

  1. The Three Most Important Facts of History are these: Christ Has Died, Christ Has Risen, Christ Will Come Again. All of History since the Resurrection has been a reaction to these three Facts.
    But Wait, you say: Christ has not returned YET. In our perspective, stuck to Mere Nature as we are, this seems to be the case. Yet we know from Scripture, through the means of Reason guided by Faith, that God Almighty ALWAYS KEEPS HIS WORD. The ONE THING God CANNOT, by His Nature do, is LIE. GOD CANNOT LIE. Therefore, Christ WILL RETURN. (I believe it will happen in this Century).
    But we also know another thing through Revelation and our reasoning from it. We, who have to wait, in Mere Nature, for things to play out before we see the conclusion of things, are stuck in—Mere Nature. But God, Who is not confined by Mere Nature, can and does see the End from the moment of the Beginning, and He Sees the entire thing, from Eternity Past, AT ONCE. So in this sense, Christ’s Return—although it has yet to occur in History—remains a FACT.
    All of History since is a reaction to Our Lord’s Presence and Passion on THIS EARTH, and not all the War and Disaster and Persecution has been able to delete it!

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  2. JESUS came to “all” through the Jews. Once anyone believes on JESUS he becomes a Christian. He may still be a Jew by race, heritage or what ever, but one you start to follow JESUS CHRIST you become a Christian , ( Follower of CHRIST). You saying he came for the gentiles and Jews sounds like your leaving out the heathens and atheist! HE came for them also. It is up to them as to whether or not they will believe on HIM and follow HIM.

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    • “You saying he came for the gentiles and Jews sounds like your leaving out the heathens and atheist!”

      Only to you. I clearly wrote in my post: “Jesus came for you and me. He came for all of us, no matter our race, gender, language, country, or creed.”

      Also, “Jews and Gentiles” refer to ethnic groups, whereas “heathens and atheist [sic]” are religious terms. There are plenty of Jewish atheists. FYI, when Jews refer to Gentiles, they mean all non-Jews. Therefore, the expression “Jews and Gentiles” actually encompasses ALL human beings.

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    • Yes, Jesus came to Redeem the Jews also, but the overwhelming majority of them rejected Him. The Talmud is a specifically anti-Christ book, calling Our Lord, “the bastard [illegitimate] son of a harlot hairdresser” who is “in Hell, boiling in his own excrement.”
      Jesus STILL came for the Jews, for those Jews who would or will accept Him. To anyone, regardless of his ethnicity or nation of origin, who will accept Him, His Salvation is available. To anyone who will NOT accept Him, they, Jesus Has Said, “are already condemned.”
      Speaking from my own personal experience, it seems to me that those who have taken the Sartrean path of existential alienation are the most lost and the most difficult to find again—except, of course, those who have given themselves over to the Occult. But I myself have found myself being called to return.
      I make no claims to being the most honest man in the world. But there is something really vile about a lie. Like Joseph Conrad said, hearing a lie is “like biting into a piece of rotten fruit.” I am not calling you a liar; I am saying I have lied to MYSELF. And I myself have used Jesus “as a drug,” so to speak. So I find that the person I should trust least is—MYSELF.

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  3. I was very taken Dr Eowyn when I read . . . “the first creatures to see the newborn Jesus were his “human parents, “Mary and Joseph” . . . . We revere Mary, and much is written and said about her, but I have no doubt that Joseph was a particularly righteous man, one who was chosen to assume the role of protector, provider, teacher and parent to the infant who would one day be the Savior of the world. I was glad that you mentioned him also in the role of “parent” to The Lord, Jesus Christ.

    Wonderful lesson for this Sabbath Day. Thank you.

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  4. awesome devotional Dr. Eowyn!
    yes, our Redeemer came to save all who would believe in Him….
    faith and trust….I give all to My Lord!
    Amen.

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  5. In Vasari’s ‘Lives of the Artists’ there is a wonderful anecdote about the painter Giotto, whose work is featured above. This is how it is retold in Wikipedia [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giotto]:

    “Vasari, drawing on a description by Boccaccio, who was a friend of Giotto, says of him that “there was no uglier man in the city of Florence” and indicates that his children were also plain in appearance. There is a story that Dante visited Giotto while he was painting the Scrovegni Chapel and, seeing the artist’s children underfoot asked how a man who painted such beautiful pictures could create such plain children, to which Giotto, who according to Vasari was always a wit, replied “I made them in the dark.”[3]”

    What I heard was that the Pope had commissioned Giotto –who was very famous for the beautiful cherubim he painted, as well as a very quick wit– to do a large fresco, and decided one day to visit to see how the work was progressing.

    The Pope looked at the cherubim and asked Giotto, “How is it that you have such ugly children, but you paint such beautiful ones?” To which Giotto shot back “I paint by better light!” History does not record what the Pope replied.

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  6. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Sunday morning.- Feast of the Epiphany.

    kommonsentsjane

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