by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
Epiphany, like the Nativity, is celebrated on a specific day, regardless of what day of the week on which it occurs. Epiphany is actually older than Christmas Day with the first clear references being in the fourth century.
There are central themes as an “epiphany” is a sudden enlightening, “to reveal or to bring to light.” The visit of the Magi is one of the themes as the emphasis was that the gospel message reached out to the gentiles as well as Jews.
Jesus’ first miracle at the Wedding in Cana of Galilee is another strong theme since this was Jesus’ first public miracle. At this point the Good News of the gospel goes public.
It's interesting to me that this wedding miracle happened a few days before Passover. There seems to be a connection between the wine and bread that was part of the final act of a Jewish wedding where the bride and groom come together (when the groom comes for the bride) and Passover.
Jesus' response to His mother was that "my time has not yet come" i.e. it's not time for me to come for my Bride yet. It is not time for me to fulfill the Passover, not yet, but I am taking the message to all peoples.
Jesus was revealing Himself to the masses. Where is He revealing Himself to you today?