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Epiphany: A Time to Shine

The word Epiphany means “to make known.” During Epiphany, Christians celebrate the full manifestation of God’s glory {glow-ery} in the coming of Christ. The day of Epiphany (January 6) brings Christmas to a glorious conclusion, but we are not to stop there. The season of Epiphany is God’s time to reveal God’s glory.

It is a time to worship because it deals with the glory of God made known in Jesus Christ. The season begins with the Wise Men coming to worship the newborn King. The season (of Epiphany) ends with the worship experience on the Mount of Transfiguration. Do you see the connection? The Wise men came with the shinning of the light and on the Mount of Transfiguration Jesus shone with a great light. The early church made this symbolic connection and joined the two celebrations into one season called Epiphany.

It is a time of light because the light of Christ knows no end; it goes to the ends of the earth. He is the light to enlighten the whole world. The light of Christ is not merely to shine on Christians, but through them, for the salvation of humankind.

It is a time to witness because the light of Christ needs to be spread throughout a dark world.

Be an Epiphany. Be a beacon of light or make known the presence of God by the witness of your life!

Happy New Year!

Shalom,

Gary

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