Today, January 6th is the last day of Christmas. Did you know that the 12 days of Christmas wasn’t just a song? And on this day we remember how the Wise Men came to see Jesus, the newborn King – Matthew 2:1-12 –https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/…
“Epiphany” means to shine forth. And one of the things that shines forth about Jesus is that He has come for the whole world, for gentiles and not just for Jews. That’s clear when we see three “Magi” (a word which undoubtedly refers to an order of people from Persia) come to see Him. They came because the light of the good news of Jesus had shown upon them, not just from a star but undoubtedly also from the Scriptures which had been brought there when God’s people had been brought into captivity there. And the light of God’s Word had apparently revealed to them some remarkable things. Not just that this King of the Jews was for them, gentiles that they were so that they would travel all that way to worship Him. Not just that He was no earthly King, for what use would there be too travel to see him if he was. But what it would mean that he would be King. Their gifts are quite the epiphany.
Gold – a gift for a king. Frankincense – the very incense that the priests offered to God in the temple. Myrh – a perfume for embalming the dead the very ones Nicodemus would bring to anoint this babies dead body one day. See, the wise men knew, they knew that this King was the King of the universe, they knew that He was the King who would die for His people. They knew He was the King who would draw all peoples, all nations to Himself. They knew what this meant and they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. So should you. For this child, chis king is born for you no matter who you are no matter where you are from. He is born for you, born to die for you, born to forgive you for all your many sins. Therefore, seek Him and rejoice with exceedingly great joy!