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

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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.

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 “ephiphany” (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 — not just the Old Testament‘s oft-prophesied messiah of the Jews, but 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.”

He 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.
The least we can do is to say “Thank You” and return His love, in our puny human fashion.
Greatest Commandment
May the joy of the Epiphany and the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!
~Eowyn

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  1. I cannot comprehend why anyone who learns the Truth about Jesus Christ would reject Him. I do believe, but weakly. And I have struggled, since a childhood incident, with periods of unbelief, and they come on like an attack. (I am learning to persevere with this and accept that it may be a life-long thing).

     
    • I do not know either, except that Satan is very crafty. Pray for people to see the Truth. Jesus is the Father. He loves you and always has. People are bad but He calls us to stand for Him, So Stand.

       
    • I wil pray for you Steven.

       
    • In Lee Strobel’s The Case For Christ, he stated: “it would actually take more faith to maintain my atheism than to become a follower of Jesus.”
      And I say to you Steven, if your lot in life is to suffer under the constant trials and strain of faith, and you maintain your faith, then suffer on; keeping your faith is your cross to bear. For some, faith flows easily like breathing air, for others, faith is like Sisyphus pushing a boulder uphill.
      In the end, all we have is our faith regardless how we maintained it.
      If you release your faith of Christ then the only one who wins is satan, and that is only if you lose.
      “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
      1Timothy 6:12

       
    • “I cannot comprehend why anyone who learns the Truth about Jesus Christ would reject Him.”
      Because they, like Adam and Eve who actually saw God face to face, want to do as they will.

       
  2. Amen, Amen and Amen. I do not know when single person who’s Christian walk has been a straight line. Some of us have many more valleys of doubt and wandering than others, but all of us have them. I am so looking forward to meeting my Lord and Saviour and pray that it will be soon.

     
  3. Thank You, Dr. Eowyn, for the beautiful reminders of the celebration of the manifestation of our Lord Jesus as God and the first gentiles to be saved by His grace.
    Jesus shed His blood for all the sinners of the world and since no one is without sin, then everyone who accepts Him as Lord and Savior will be saved. .

     
  4. If we love Him, why not serve Him – – and our fellow man?

     
  5. Just a PS – -2016 is “The year of Mercy”.

     
  6. Thank you for your prayer. We have all we need through Jesus if we will but accept it. With Jesus, Mark. 12: 30, 31 with Exodus 20: 1-17, if followed, we would have peace. The Two Commandments and the Ten. It is so simple, but our nature messes up “the free lunch” God gave us.

     
  7. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    Mankind will soon see the power of God and acknowledge Him.

     
  8. Just thought you would like to see this:
    “John MacArthur Rebuked by a Prophet”
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/john-macarthur-rebuked-by-a-prophet-video/

     
  9. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most beautiful post. There are still people who exist who do not believe that Our Lord Jesus Christ came for all humankind. St. Paul and other saints suffered horribly for spreading the Gospel to all of humanity. I have always celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany. In fact, above our fireplace mantle is the full picture of the Magi adoring the Baby Jesus that you have set forth for this post. I love it. I remember I purchased the print/poster at Winchester Cathedral in London. Happy Epiphany to everyone!

     

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