The word of the Lord came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As it is written in the book of Isaiah the prophet:
The story of the Magi in Matthew 2 is the traditional text for the first Sunday in Epiphany. Let’s review it, and notice all the moments of divine revelation, “epiphany” occur. I have a special “mash up” translation.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you!” Isaiah 60:1 (NIV)
This Isaiah passage is one of the traditional texts that would be read at anEpiphany service in a liturgical church.
Epiphany falls on January 6 in the West, however, the date for the Eastern Orthodox churches is not until January 19,I mention that because … I have a lot of friends in Eastern Europe, I’ve been ministering there every year the last 19 years. So shout out to you guys watching or listening Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, and Russia! Love you guys! “Slava bog. Slava domnului. “
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. John 1:14-18
Jesus, by his life, his teaching, his death, resurrection and ongoing intercession, makes known to us God as our heavenly Father.
The mission statement of YWAM (Youth With A Mission) is “to know God, and to make him known”.
That is a pretty good declaration of purpose.
And that’s exactly what Jesus did. His was Emmanuel, “God with us” revealed everything we needed to know about God.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12
To see yourself as a child of God is truly an empowering belief.
When I was a child, I knew that my parents loved me. I didn’t have to do anything to earn their complete dedication, support, training, and love. That’s security. I grew up secure as a child. Which is a great gift, I had great Christian parents.