Epiphany: Christmas of the Gentiles

I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth ~ Isaiah 49:6b

wise menAs with numerous biblical events, it would be interesting to have more details about the coming of the Magi.  Matthew 2 simply tells us that they saw his star in the east and came to the capital city, Jerusalem, where they expected to find the newborn king of the Jews. The priests told King Herod that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, and so that is where Herod sent the Magi. Matthew says that the Magi then went to Bethlehem led by the star to the house where Mary and Joseph resided with Jesus.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. Matthew 2:11

The coming of the Magi meant that people who were not Jews learned of Jesus’ birth and came to worship him. That is why Epiphany (which means to reveal)  is called the Christmas of the Gentiles (or non-Jews). Epiphany is a special time to remember that Jesus was born to save all people of every nation!

Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. ~ Isaiah 60:3

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