A Blessed Epiphany from Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church!

Finally, my nativity wise men have traveled from the piano in the east, surviving the danger three cats can inflict on ceramic travelers, and are kneeling before the Lord. Epiphany, January 6th, marks the end of the Christmas season, as Jesus is revealed as the King, the Savior of the whole world. God revealed this to the Magi in the east by showing them the way with the star in the sky. They saw the star and traveled to Jerusalem to ask, “Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

I would have missed it. I am a terrible stargazer. The big dipper and Orion are about the only constellations I can recognize in the sky. Venus is the only planet I can identify and only because it’s found around the horizon. I likely wouldn’t have even noticed the star, let alone have been able to recognize and interpret its meaning. I certainly doubt I would have followed it.

Yet, God used it. God used it to communicate with men who would recognize it. God used the star to extend the gospel over all those miles. God used the star to call those men so that they could see the new born king.

They needed help, though. They saw the star and followed it, but they went to the wrong city. They needed God’s Word through the prophets to show them the way. The chief priests and experts in the law told them, “In Bethlehem of Judea, because this was written through the prophet:

You, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are certainly not least among the rulers of Judah: because out of you will come a ruler, who will shepherd my people, Israel.”

They listened to that word went to Bethlehem. “After they went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

We don’t have to gaze at the stars for messages from God. We don’t need to travel for hundreds of miles only to stop and ask for directions. God calls us with his Word and the power of the Holy Spirit. God guides us with his Word. God moves us to gather with our fellow believers so that we can come and worship him. How blessed we are that God has revealed Jesus to us, our Savior and our King!

To God be the Glory!