There is a natural insist which makes us do things that will make people love us or admire us. We want people to adore us, get attracted to us, notice us, etc. We love winners,celebrity, renowned artists, and we want to associate or be like them. According to Tim Zingat, “We adore, almost worship those people who have made a success out of their lives. Success, fame, fortune, are the rules which we live by. We have no time for losers, for those people who don’t measure up to our so called values or standards. Nobody likes a loser, we all like winners. We like people who are strong, successful, who are fun to be around, because we think secretly inside that maybe somehow their formula for success will rub off on us.”
Maybe, we will somehow become like them. Notice even on TV, the commercials call for people to bring out their best, or go for the gusto, or if you brush with this tooth paste somehow that guy will notice you, but if you don’t use this shampoo, your dandruff will show and people will walk away from you so on and so forth. Success is the name of the game. This is why some people use cream, soap, clothes, or even do plastic surgery to be like other people. Some struggle to become rich and start giving money to everyone. The reason they do these is for people to notice them. Sometimes, we do all that yet no body notices us. What we need is divine manifestation. This is a light that shines on you and everyone will focus on you without removing their eyes. This is called Epiphany.
Epiphany marks the manifestation of the light of God’s revelation in the Incarnation. Different manifestations of Christ’s glory and divinity are celebrated in the church. The three main ones are, the visit of the Magi, Christ’s baptism, and the the miracle at Cana. The word, “Epiphany” is pregnant with biblical meaning. The word is found in the Greek New Testament as “epiphano” – It means, “give light, shine on” or “be manifested, appear.” The word therefore means “appearance” or “manifestation”. More specifically epiphany means “God-appearing” and is a reference to the birth of Jesus, as a “God-appearing” event.Zechariah’s Benedictus says, “The Sunrise from on high shall visit us, to give light [epiphano] to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death” (Luke 1:78-79).
Paul says, “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared [epiphano].” Jesus birth makes Epiphany a reality. In Romans 8:19, Paul says, “The creation waits in eager expectation for the revelation of the sons of God.
When was your last “epiphany”? “What’s an epiphany?” you might ask. Well, an epiphany is one of those moments in life when something profound is revealed to you. For example, when Albert Einstein conceived the mathematical equation, E=MC2, that was, to him, an epiphany. Something new was revealed.
Today we need to pray for the light from on high to shine on us. You may be in the manger like Jesus or in the wilderness like John, people will still notice you. What can we do then? Luke 3:21-21 says, “After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son; with you I Am well pleased.”
As we pray today, may we experience our epiphany in Jesus Name.