January 5th at the Living Room : The Heart of God Considered
Submitted by Doug Cowan on Thu, 01/02/2014 – 21:25
This Sunday we will be remembering why the Church has celebrated Epiphany for centuries, and we will be considering the heart of our Father God.
From the first chapter of Genesis, to the first chapter of John’s Gospel, we will look at God’s heart’s desire to fix what is dark, void, without form, and broken, and then turn it into something beautiful. Both of these passages start with, “In the beginning…” and begin this beautiful re-creation process with the “light” shining in the “darkness.” Awesome. For over 1,000 years the Church in both the West and the East have celebrated Epiphany (the “manifestation” or “revealing of God”) on January 6th. Under this “heading” of God revealing Himself to mankind the Church celebrated four events:
- The baptism of the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit descending upon Christ, and the Father speaking from Heaven saying, “This is my dearly loved Son…”;
- Christ’s first miracle of changing water into wine, and thereby revealing his divinity;
- The Nativity of Christ, where the Angels proclaim that Christ the King is born to Israel, and the shepherds of Israel bow down before Him in adoration;
- The visit of the Magi from the East, as the star had revealed Christ’s divinity to the Gentiles who have responded by travelling a great distance to come and worship Him.
Over time these celebrations were separated out a bit, with Christmas moving up in the calendar by twelve days, and the celebration of the first miracle moving back to the Sunday after January 6th. But this is still a good way to remember to consider how that God has fully revealed Himself to mankind through Jesus Christ, and that the appropriate response of all is to bow and worship this King Jesus.
As always, we will meet at 10:00am to worship, pray, and share Scriptures. Then we will enjoy a pot luck lunch together. Come with some Scriptures to share, and bring some food if you can! By the way, here are some “traditional” Scriptures for reading on Epiphany: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12