January 6: Epiphany

12 Days of Christmas by Xavier Romero FriasHappy Epiphany everyone! Depending on who you ask, January 6 is either the last day of the Christmas season (aka, the twelfth day of Christmas) or it’s the day after the last day of Christmas. Then, in western Christianity, Epiphany commemorates the day the magi found and worshiped the baby Jesus. On the other hand, in Eastern Christianity, this holiday celebrates Jesus’ baptism.

adoration of the magi by GiottoHowever, Christians across the globe recognize Epiphany (also called Theophany or “vision of God”) as celebration of God as man, when God came to earth as a man and “tabernacled” with us. One of my favorite terms in relation to this is Immanuel, God with us.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
John 1:14a

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”

Philippians 2:4-11

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