Words from the Heart for Monday January 6th, 2020
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV)
While Christmas may seem a long time ago now, on the Church calendar, today is actually the twelfth day of Christmas, also known as Epiphany. The word epiphany comes from a Greek word that means “to manifest” or “to show,” and on this date the church has traditionally commemorated the visit of the magi to the home where Jesus was living with His parents, and He was their “epiphany.” While Canadians don’t traditionally celebrate this event, they do in many countries around the world.
For centuries before Jesus was born, God had been introducing His plan of redemption to the world through His covenant relationship with the people of Israel. Jesus first coming was the fulfillment of over 300 prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures. But God’s ultimate goal was not just the redemption of the Hebrew people. His plan was that people from every nation, tribe and tongue would come to faith in Jesus and have their lives transformed by His love and grace. So it isn’t long before Jesus is introduced to non-Jewish people. Eastern leaders would be led by a star to find the Child, whom they would describe as “the King of the Jews.” Matthew 2:1-2 says: “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Sometime before Jesus’ second birthday, God leads these Gentile leaders to find Him, and worship Him. Their lives would change forever. So will yours, when you meet Jesus by faith.
These have been words from the heart.