January 6 is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, the Day of Epiphany. It also is the first day of the Season of Epiphany, which runs from January 6 until Ash Wednesday (March 9, 2011). “Epiphany” means to reveal or make known. In the liturgical calendar, Epiphany celebrates the coming of the Magi. As foretold by the prophets, the Messiah is made known to the world.
The Magi were not Jews. They were most likely from Persia, members of the Royal Court. The Magi were pagans!
There was a lot going on in the world at the time of Jesus’ birth. Rome dominated the world. In Judea, King Herod the Great held his reign by a thread. He relied on fear to keep the Jews in line.
Herod reacted to the birth with fear. We know this because he had the baby boys under the age of two murdered.
The Sadducees and Pharisees were well aware of the prophesies. Herod consulted them about these. They reacted with indifference.
It was the Magi, the pagans, the gentiles, who came to worship the Newborn King.
He came to save the world!
Alive in The Word
My thanks to Pastor Michael for showing me this message.