Eternal God, as we travel far and fast, lead our minds back to
the wise men following your star, and forward to the day when
all will see your ways and to do your will, that we may bring
justice and peace to all people, in the name of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and Holy Spirit one God now
and for ever more. Amen. Old Testament- Isa. 49:1-6 Psalm 72:1-14
Epistle – Eph. 3:1-12 Gospel- Matt 2:1-12 (BCP CHURCH OF NIGERIA ANGLICAN COMMUNION)
Epiphany Day is a feast day celebrated by Christian church all over the world to remember the physical manifestation of Christ especially to the Gentiles. We remember on this day the visit of the three wise men, the baptism of Christ at the River Jordan and Christ manifestation at the wedding ceremony in Canaan Galilee.
“And now,” said the Lord–the Lord who formed me from my mother’s womb to serve him who commissioned me to restore to him his people Israel, who has given me the strength to perform this task and honored me for doing it!– “you shall do more than restore Israel to me. I will make you a Light to the nations of the world to bring my salvation to them too.” (Isaiah 49:5-6|LIVING-
This verse taken from our old testament reading is teaching us that before we were born into this world, God who formed us in our mothers womb has commissioned us to do His purpose here on earth. He created us to bring pleasure to Him by shining as light to the environment where He has fixed us pertime. That is why it is recorded that Jesus Christ went about doing God because the Spirit of God is upon Him.
Kings along the Mediterranean coast–the kings of Tarshish and the islands–and those from Sheba and from Seba–all will bring their gifts. Yes, kings from everywhere! All will bow before him! All will serve him! He will take care of the helpless and poor when they cry to him; for they have no one else to defend them. (Psalms 72:10-12|LIVING
From our Psalm, we can see that Kings can only bring gifts and bow down before anyone only when such a person is manifesting. Jesus Christ at His birth Manifested through the star that appeared to the three wise men and that was how they located Him, offered Him gifts and bow down before Him. Don’t sit down and expect the riches of the nation’s to come to you, be determined to put your life and talent into good use and watch your star appear to the Gentiles.
God himself showed me this secret plan of his, that the Gentiles, too, are included in his kindness. … In olden times God did not share this plan with his people, but now he has revealed it by the Holy Spirit to his apostles and prophets. And this is the secret: that the Gentiles will have their full share with the Jews in all the riches inherited by God’s sons; both are invited to belong to his Church, and all of God’s promises of mighty blessings through Christ apply to them both when they accept the Good News about Christ and what he has done for them. (Ephesians 3:3,5-6|LIVING
The manifestation of Christ to the three wise men was considered the first manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. Salvation of Christ and His grace has appeared to all men, but to partake in it one need to accept and believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross. Jesus did not segregate the Jews from the Gentiles, His gospel and signs He showed to them all. Friends, the gospel is for everyone. It is not only for those in the church both those in the brothel needs it, those in the Islamic nations needs it, those who do not know Jesus needs it; it’s time we steep out of our comfort zone and let people see the light of this Jesus Christ both in our words and actions.
After this interview the astrologers started out again. And look! The star appeared to them again, standing over Bethlehem. Their joy knew no bounds! Entering the house where the baby and Mary, his mother, were, they threw themselves down before him, worshiping. Then they opened their presents and gave him gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:9-11|LIVING
Finally, to every destiny under manifestation, the devil is never happy, the devil cannot sit silent and watch you manifest that which God has deposited in you and that is why you must be on guard always. As you do that which God has commissioned you, watch out for destroyers. Herod was in that category when He wanted to destroy the Star of Jesus Christ but to the Joy of the three wise men His star kept shining and leading them to Him.
In the Name of Jesus Christ the Everlasting Light, any man wanting to thwart that which the Lord has started with you, may they receive the judgement of the most high. Amen. Your star will shine beyond your scope of influence, nations and kings will come to your rising. I pray for you, Arise shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. Go and do exploit in the name of God the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.