As the church calendar transitions to Epiphany and we remember the journey of the Magi, it is hard to ignore the contemporary parallels as many of our learned men and women find themselves captivated by one particular star.
Hail to the Lord’s Anointed,/great David’s greater Son!/Hail in the time appointed,/his reign on earth begun!
O First and with the last! annul our ruined past,/Rebuild us to Thy glory, set us free/From sin and from sorrow to fall down and worship Thee.
Many ESN writers this Christmas chose to explore the journey of the Wise Men, a great topic for Christian scholars. We pray for a rich celebration of Epiphany as the days of Christmas come to a close for this year, and for wisdom as you seek Christ throughout the year.
Epiphany, the season after Christmas and before Lent, is a celebration of the revelation of Jesus. On January 6th the Western church celebrates the coming of the wise men, who divined from the stars the appearance of a new Jewish King. Who the wise men were, and what methods they used to discover the coming of Jesus are mysterious in Scripture, but they represent the Light of Christ coming to the Gentiles.