Epiphany marks the end of Christmas in the church year, and points to the manifestation of Christ in the world. The invitation of epiphany is to look past the ordinary ho-hum stuff of life to a magnificent revelation of the life of Jesus manifest in the the life of everyone who follows him. In a letter wrote to Timothy, a leader of the church in the first century, Paul tells him:
Join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and had brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. (2 Timothy 1:8b-10).
This season of the church year calls us to examine the manifestation of Jesus as the savior of the world. Three dominate stories in the early life of Jesus provide the context for how we begin to understand the deity of Jesus and his role as savior. The first is the story of the magi bringing an offering to the child, acknowledging his Kingship. The second is the baptism of Jesus marking his position with the father as a Son of high standing. The third, the wedding at Cana marking the declaration of his ministry and road to the Cross.
As we enter into this season consider this ancient prayer as a point of prayer and meditation for yourself:
O God, who by the leading of a star did manifest your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you by faith, to your presence, where we may behold your glory face to face; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, now and forever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p.162)