Did you see all the TV’s marked down on Monday for the holiday? I didn’t either! Isn’t it great! There is no commercial aspect to Epiphany. I suppose you are wondering what exactly is Epiphany. This Greek word means reveal. During the Epiphany season of the church year we look at how the world found out and still finds out that Jesus is God …that Jesus is the Savior of the world.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We begin a new church year with the first Sunday in Advent. Hear the call to prepare your hearts. Jesus is coming! Don’t worry, we’ll help you get ready this year. I won’t be personally coming over to help trim your tree, but you will hear from John the Baptist. His cry in the wilderness still rings today: REPENT! Join us this Sunday as we begin our journey to the cradle. It is there that we will find the new born king.
What does a great victory look like? Maybe you can think of a few in the history of the world. Our God knows a thing or two about great victories. The difference is that they may not always look like great victories to our eyes. This Sunday we saw our God never get tired of winning. We win the victory with him.
He lives! The grave is broken. Where, O, Death is your victory? Where, O, Death is your sting? Most of the time its a bad idea to taunt anyone. But on Easter Sunday there is nothing that death can do. Eternal life is a fact. Eternal life is ours in Jesus.
“This is my Son whom I love. With him I am well pleased!” These words thundered over the Jordan River. Maybe the first reaction of the casual people bathing in the cool water that day was to run. But if we take a second to consider those transformative words, we’ll find that Jesus’ baptism and the Father’s words have incredible meaning for us even today. By faith you can take those words to heart. Yes, the Father is pleased with you because of Jesus.