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Worship with the wise men
Pastor Dave Scharf
by Pastor Dave Scharf
January 6, 2024

Everyone celebrates Christmas. We give and get gifts. Everyone celebrates Easter. We hide Easter baskets around the house. How many of us celebrate Epiphany? I think we should! Epiphany is important, especially for those of us who are not Jewish. The Epiphany account says, “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem … Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him’” (Matthew 2:1,2). Do you see the significance? The wise men were not Jews. They were Gentiles, like many of us. And yet they made the long trek from the East to worship the baby Jesus. God shows that Jesus is the Savior for all people—including us! That’s why this festival is known as the “Gentile Christmas.”

In the cathedral of Cologne, Germany, you can see the Shrine of the Three Kings. Visitors are told that their number was three and that their names were Caspar of Tarsus, Balthazar of Ethiopia, and Melchior of Arabia. But the Bible doesn’t mention any of that—no number, no names, no place of origin. Why? I think it’s because none of that really matters. Instead, Scripture records what really matters. These Gentiles came to worship Jesus as their Savior—Jesus is for all people! So what Epiphany traditions could you start to help you worship with the wise men this Epiphany?

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