Epiphany is a festival celebrating the light of Christ breaking into the world. Epiphany shines new light on our lives, our community, and our world. Epiphany shows us how God understands the divine-human relationship. It’s about the revelation of the good news of Jesus Christ to all people - to which the magi are a testament.
The magi are, simply put, gentiles. They represent the rest of the world, those outside of God’s covenant with Israel. They recognize something about Jesus that some of Jesus’ own people do not see or understand. They are a foil to King Herod’s rage and fear. While Herod seeks the baby Jesus, the king of the Jews, a threat to his thrown, to destroy him, the magi seek out Jesus to honor him and give him gifts, celebrating his life for the whole world. The magi represent all people of the world, people drawn to God through the good news of Jesus Christ. They represent us who long to discover God at work in our own lives, and who have witnessed the depths of God’s love.
Epiphany is about revelation. Epiphany is God’s revealing the light of Christ to the world. God’s drawing all people into a relationship grounded in love and forgiveness. Epiphany reminds us that the world is still in need of the light of Christ. Though God can work through power unimaginable to us, God has chosen to work through us to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. We are now part of the ongoing revelation of Jesus Christ. We are the ones who continue to proclaim the story to the world.
Epiphany is about revolution. Epiphany is being reminded of God’s power and joining the momentum of God’s kingdom that is already taking shape our world. The call from Jesus places us firmly in this world, empowering us to engage family, friends, neighbors, and strangers as we live out the good news. “Epiphany is marching orders for the community of faith. It sends. As much as any other season is sets before us a public agenda (Kellermann, Seasons of Faith and Conscience, 156).”