Christmas is one of the biggest holidays on the Christian calendar. Yet, in my Church, once Christmas is over the decorations go up, and we don’t think much about Jesus until Easter. Some Churches do have special days set aside to think about Jesus after his birth. One of those events is called Epiphany. It happens 12 days after Christmas and is part of the Christian liturgical plan.
Observed on January 6th, the Epiphany celebration remembers the three miracles that manifest the divinity of Christ. The name “Epiphany” comes from the Greek word Epiphania, and means “to show, make known, or reveal.” The celebration originated in the Eastern Church in AD 361, beginning as a commemoration of the birth of Christ. Later, additional meanings were added – the visit of the three Magi, Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River, and his first miracle at the wedding in Cana. These three events are central to the definition of Epiphany, and its meaning is drawn from these occurrences.
Today is the day believers celebrate the revelation of Jesus as the Savior of the world. He did not accomplish anything on this day. It is just a time set aside to remember who we believe was really born on Christmas.
I hope today that you set aside a few minutes and think about Jesus. Think about his coming. Think about his life and work. Think about his character. Think about God dwelling in flesh among us. Today our Church may not have a big celebration, but that does not mean that you cannot recognize it in your heart. In fact, I strongly encourage it.