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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa.  He is amongst others a blogger and lyrics writer. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

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Jan 6

Written by: Andries
Saturday, January 06, 2018 12:21:14 AM  RssIcon

In eastern Christian tradition and in Spanish speaking communities, while the birth of Christ is celebrated on December 25, the arrival of the Magi is celebrated on January 6 and called the Feast of Epiphany. This feast is in Orthodoxy celebrated with even more magnificent festivities and church services than Christmas.
Yet, most western lectionaries incorporate this celebration.
 
The word “epiphany” refers to a moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become aware of, something that is very important to you. It refers to a powerful spiritual experience.
 
The Christian celebration of Epiphany considers that the Messiah was revealed to the Gentiles. This is why amongst gentiles in the East, where the Magi came from, it became such an important day of remembrance and celebration, inspired by the wonder that the meaning of the light and love of Christ was not only given to Jewish shepherds and other Hebrew believers, but it was also given to the gentile nations.
 
They also emphasize the revelation of Christ by the Father at Jesus’ baptism with the words: "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." (Matt 3:17.) They traditionally remind each other of the first miracle, when Jesus turned water into wine to reveal the “glory of Christ”.
 
In many western households it is the day when Christmas decorations are packed away.
But it can be much more than that. It is inspiring to at the beginning of our calendar year consider the glory, the power and the message of the Son of God, as it was revealed to his followers through his miracles, parables and teachings while he ministered on earth!
 
The final and complete epiphany of the glory of Christ can only be understood when we remember his suffering, and his glorious resurrection, focused on during Lent and Easter.
6 January, or Epiphany Day, is a day when we may pray that Jesus will not leave us, (even though Christmas is packed away!) but that Christ will show us the fullness of his glory, through his kindness and his victory during every season!
 
May the light of the Lord’s glory shine brightly and festively in the midst of the world’s darkness, setting us free by the truth that Jesus Christ brought to us, his children!
 
And to our brothers and sisters in the Eastern Church who celebrate this feast on 6 January with so much passion, ceremony and praise – may you and your churches be truly blessed with a clear and exiting epiphany of the glorious Saviour of the world!
  

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