Many Christians think of Epiphany as a season on the church calender around Christmas time.
It can also mean; epiphany (from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia, “manifestation, striking appearance, revelation”) is the sudden realization or comprehension of the (larger) essence or meaning of something – “I found the last piece of the puzzle and now see the whole picture” – a light bulb moment.
It is sad that many people who attend church on a regular basis never actually experience their own epiphany. For them that moment of revelation of ‘what it’s all about’ hasn’t arrived. They know some things about God, but don’t actually feel like they know God.
It’s sadder still that many have given up the hope that they will ever experience their own deep revelation of God, that they have looked for so long that they now accept they will likely never realize their own personal epiphany.
This ultimately results in many churches being populated by people who want (on some level) to know God, they believe that He exists, but their experience of God is at worst ‘copy cat’ and at best hopeful positive thinking.
I’m here to tell you today “it doesn’t have to be that way” – everyone who seeks to know Jesus deeply can have the desire of their heart satisfied. Heb. 11:6 says “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him”.
In my view this ‘seeking after God’ has a tipping point – a point were the load was in the tip-truck and then suddenly it’s on the ground. And many folk don’t realize how close to that tipping point they are – the pivotal moment of epiphany may be much closer than you think. Just shift the balance a tiny bit more and the whole load of revelation will come tumbling into your lap.
This tipping point is wrapped up in one thing; it’s not necessarily a feeling or an experience – but it is the grasping once and for all of a fact. That fact is this “Christ really did live, suffer, die and rise again – 2000 years ago, and now because I believe in Him – He lives just as profoundly and literally in me – for every second of my life, from this moment on”.
This epiphany will change your life – you will be ruined for religion forever – because the one that religion speculates about, is now your permanent other (real) self.
Your black & white life will slowly blossom into magnificent technicolor.