“We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” (Matthew 2)
The Feast of the Epiphany is one of our favorite Bible Stories We all love the three wise men and their camels. The wise men who went looking for Jesus, guided by a star are an archetype for all of us who are searching for meaning, love, and hope. In their wisdom, they knew that even a little baby was greater than they. They didn’t know the whole story, but they sensed that he would grow up to do great things. Their gifts are proper for a king (gold), for worship of God (frankincense) as well as indicative that his death and burial (myrrh) would be important for the salvation of the world.
The Feast of the Epiphany is not just about the three kings; it means much more: the revelation of God to the Gentiles. The three kings represent all humanity coming to faith in Jesus as the Son of God; it speaks of our coming to the light of faith through the Gospel.
As we worship The King today, we strive to open our hearts to the fullness of the Gospel’s message and power, so that through it, God will continue to reveal Jesus to us, and through us, God will continue to reveal Jesus to the world.