The Season of Epiphany.
The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek noun epiphaneia, which means “shining forth,” “manifestation,” or “revelation.” The Season of Epiphany begins January 6 and ends on Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Since January 6 usually falls on a weekday, Lutherans and liturgical Protestants will sometimes shift the celebration of Epiphany to the Sunday immediately following the 6th. Epiphany is connected to Christmas and is in fact the oldest of the Christmas festivals. Epiphany is sometimes called the Gentile Christmas. For many centuries, Epiphany was considered more important than Christmas and most other Christian festivals.
In the ancient Greco-Roman world, an epiphany referred to the appearance of one of the gods to mortals. The Epiphany of the Lord Jesus Christ is the Christian festival that celebrates the many ways Jesus revealed Himself to the world as the Christ, the Son of God Incarnate, and King of kings. Jesus revealed Himself through His signs, miracles, and preaching.
Epiphany commemorated three events that manifested the mission and divinity of Christ: the visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12), the baptism of Jesus (Mark 1:9-11), and the miracle of changing water into wine at Cana (John 2:1-11) Epiphany shows how God comes to His people. As sinners who deserve God’s judgment we are unfit to come into God’s presence. Knowing that we cannot come to Him, God came to us by becoming one of us. The most holy and almighty God descended to take on human flesh in order to reveal His salvation to the world.
In between the two Sundays that mark the Lord’s baptism and transfiguration (leading into Lent), the church focuses on Jesus manifested God’s love toward us through His ministry of preaching, miracles, and healings.
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