12-27-2018 – e-News

Well, here we are. Two days removed from Christmas. If you’re like my family, the gifts have been opened and enjoyed, I’ve eaten enough sugar to sink a ship, and now I’m faced with the daunting and rather unpleasant task of taking down the Christmas decorations (do they have to come down?).
I don’t know about you, but for me there’s something sad about saying goodbye to the Advent season. It’s special, it’s beautiful, and it’s meaningful. I don’t want to go back to the ordinary season of “do this” and “do that.” I don’t want to lose that something that makes Christmas special.
But maybe we don’t have to lose that something special. I didn’t grow up in the church but I’ve learned that there’s another season that follows Advent, it’s called Epiphany. Epiphany means “manifestation,” and during this time, we celebrate Jesus manifesting his divinity through the coming of the magi and his baptism.
A common misconception is that the magi, or wise men (not three kings), were present during that night at the manger, but they weren’t. They came later, probably when Jesus was a toddler. During Epiphany, we learn the lesson of the magi. As they sought Jesus, we can seek Jesus. As they sacrificed for Jesus, we can sacrifice for Jesus. As they worshiped Jesus, we can worship Jesus. As Jesus gave their lives meaning, Jesus can give our lives meaning, too.
Seek him. Sacrifice for him. Worship him. Let his life give your life meaning. Hold on to Jesus, and that something that makes Christmas special will always be with you!
Matthew 2:11: And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (NKJV)   Seeking Jesus with you!
Kenneth J. Spiller
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