Devotion for the Epiphany of Our Lord

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” …

And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

~ Matthew 2:1-2, 9-12

The word Epiphany means showing or manifestation. On Epiphany, Jesus was shown to the Gentiles when the Three Kings visited and worshipped Him. The wise men were foreigners, not Jews; they were probably pagan priests or astrologers. Yet the star led them to the king of the Jews to worship and bring gifts, revealing that the Messiah and God’s promises were not for the Jews only, but also for the Gentiles. The gifts the Magi brought were gifts traditionally given to royalty, manifesting that the tiny baby was a king.

Lord God Almighty, how blessed I and all Gentiles are that You included us in Your plan of redemption. Your mercies are not for only certain people but are available to anyone who will accept them. Thank You, Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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