Monday, January 7, 2013

Epiphany Sunday (Audio)

For those who might read this blog and listen to the sermons that I upload, I do apologize for not having last week's sermon. My wife and I needed a vacation so there was someone else who filled in for me.

But, this is a new year, and I am hoping to keep more on top with this blog.

Anyway, this past Sunday is what is known on the Christian calendar as "Epiphany Sunday", which celebrates the day that the Magi were said to have visited Jesus and presented Him their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Though the story is part of the larger Christmas story, I always thought it strange that the Magi are depicted in many of the nativity scenes you see. I hardly ever included them in the immediate scene, usually putting them some distance away.

Yet, the most fascinating part of the story for me is that these Magi were from a land that was some distance from Jerusalem and Judea, and were not of Jewish decent. They more than likely knew very little to nothing about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and yet they undertook a long journey because they saw written in the sky a message that a great King, the Messiah, had been born. To me this foreshadows the importance that Jesus would play in the world, and that God put His message in a context that they would understand, appreciate, and be compelled to worship is even more incredible.

Listen to the sermon from yesterday morning, and please let me know what you think.

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