Happy Feast of the Epiphany

“Where is He who has been born king of the Jews?

For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship Him.

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I attended a talk recently that focused on a few paintings, and this was one that was featured for the story of the magi.  I was thankful for the several minutes of quiet time that we were given to reflect on the painting and everything it says.

What struck me about this painting was that the focus of the painting & the magi’s quest is not even present, yet it says so much about Him.

Someone at the talk raised the question about the historical validity of the story of the magi.  Are we really to believe that men from the east came to worship the infant Jesus?  The presenter just shrugged.  Granted, her talk was not focused on the historical validity of the Gospels; it was on art.  But I wish I would have raised my hand to comment on the skepticism.

We profess to believe that the omnipotent God came to earth.  At a particular time in history, in a particular village, the Son of God was born to a woman, entering this temporal world to save us from our sins.  That God died on the cross for us, and on the third day, rose from the dead.

We don’t question that.  But we question the fact that magi from the east came to worship Him?

This has always been one of my favorite feasts.  Let us join the caravan of the truly wise men and lay down the gift of our lives in humble service to our newborn King.

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One thought on “Happy Feast of the Epiphany

  1. Mom says:

    I love that painting. It’s so much more authentic than most artwork and for ME, authentic helps me to pray more than lights and shadows and all of that artistic manner of things that I don’t understand. I leave that to the artistically intelligent, of which I am not. That painting speaks of the hard life those people lived and still live in that part of the world. A life we know nothing about, sitting here in our heated rooms, reading our computers/IPADS/phones/other media madness. Meditation on painting such as these, that really speak to the life and times of Christ, help us to understand Scripture better. And Scriptural background helps us to know Jesus better. Thanks for the painting!

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