Monday, January 7, 2013

Epiphany Meditation for the Brethren




Every faithful preacher should be like the bright shining star in the East – who simply guides and leads people to Jesus.  For the star, like every faithful preacher of Christ, came and stood over where the young child was.    

And the wise men saw the star they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.  They fell on their knees and worshipped this eternal Word made flesh – this little one in Mary’s arms.  They opened their treasures.  Gold because this child is a king.  Incense because he is our high priest and sacrifice who suffers hell for sins he did not commit. And myrrh to anoint this child for burial.  

Like stars we lead people in a great heavenly processional to Bethlehem – to the eternal city of bread.  Let us preach like Saint John, “Behold the Lamb of God!”  Let us too point to Jesus like a star and say He must increase, and we must decrease.  For all stars fade and die.  Let us become nothing that he might become everything. 

Let us receive God in the manger of our heart and under the roof of our mouth.  Let us be wise men.  Not fooled by the humble ways in which God comes.  Bread that comes down from heaven – and the drink of immortality – born and 'given for you' in a feed trough.  For animals like us.  

The King serves us.  The lowly are raised up.  The humble find honor.  We who have no righteousness are declared righteous. We who are poor are the richest of all men.    

The wise men came from East of Eden – where Cain was driven - a place of darkness.  But they have seen a great light – and so have you.  Their lives were forever changed after the dawn from on high broke upon them – and they received Christ.  Let us change our lives too for the sake of Him and never be the same again.  For we have seen His great light.  In the name of Jesus.  Amen. 

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