The wise men were not Jewish. Jesus was Jewish and the long awaited messiah is a Jewish concept. When we understand the Jewish context of Christianity then we better understand a feast such as the Epiphany. The term “epiphany” means God’s revelation to the gentiles. Anybody who is not Jewish is a gentile. The wise men were gentiles who journeyed to find the savior of the world. Jesus is much more than a messiah; he is the king of kings and lord of lords. The whole world is invited to find him. Jesus Christ is the savior of the world.
The phrase, “hiding in plain sight,” applies here. We do not have to look far to find Jesus. If we have a wrong or false understanding of Jesus, then we have not found him. Looking inside ourselves is probably the best place to start. The good news is that Jesus is God. He really wants to know us and help us with our problems. If we have problems too hard for God to solve, then we just might have a wrong idea of God. Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, take the journey and find the savior of the world!
Sincerely in Christ,
Very Reverend Andrew Kemberling, V.F.