Yesterday was Epiphany Sunday, a Christian feast day that caps the season of Christmas.
“Epiphany” simply means “appearance” — it’s a time to celebrate the appearance of Christ on earth. In Church history, Christians have observed a day of Epiphany to commemorate the revelation of the Messiah to the Magi. Many churches in the Western world celebrate this day either on January 6 (at the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas) or on the Sunday closest to this date. Some call it “Three Kings Day.”
Wait A Minute — Is Epiphany Is Just One Day, Not A Whole Season Like Lent?
Traditionally, it’s a one-day feast. But more and more churches are treating Epiphany as a season of the Church Calendar. It’s a time to focus on the revelation of Jesus in the minds and hearts of his disciples as He ministered on earth, and a time to realize the mission of Christ’s Church: to spread the gospel. Observed as a season, Epiphany lasts until Ash Wednesday, when the season of Lent begins.
Why Should Christians Observe Epiphany?
For one thing, this is all the excuse some of you need for not feeling guilty about leaving your Christmas tree up for a couple months after Christmas Day. Same thing with Christmas music — go ahead and crank up your “Silent Night,” “Hosanna In The Highest” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”
Second, Epiphany helps us focus on important aspects of Jesus’ earthly ministry, such as:
- the miracles
- the parables
- the prophecies
- the teachings and sermons
It is also a natural bridge between Christmas and Lent.
What Are Some Bible Texts For Daily Devotions During Epiphany?
Here are a few:
- Psalm 72
- Isaiah 49:5-7 and Isaiah 60
- Matthew 2:1-12
- Luke 13:22-30
- John 8:12
- Romans 15:5-13
- 2 Corinthians 4:4-6
- Ephesians 3:1-12
- Titus 2:11-14
- Revelation 21:22-26