Living Epiphany

by | Jan 9, 2020 | 4 comments

The Season of Epiphany is framed by two key events in the life of Christ:  his baptism and his transfiguration.  In between these two major experiences, this liturgical season covers Jesus’ entire life and ministry.  It’s a season of deepening in spiritual growth.

There’s an interesting element, though, in the Season of Epiphany.  A hidden message contained in these passages.  One that will likely surprise you.

Just as the Season of Epiphany explores and celebrates how God incarnates in the life and ministry of Jesus, so it invites you to explore and celebrate the presence of God within your own life and ministry.   What do I mean by that?  Just this: if you have a body, then you have a soul.  If you have a soul, then you have a slice of the living Divine presence within you.  As a follower of Jesus, you are called to be Christ-like in every way.  That means you also harbor twin natures or impulses—both human and divine.  To walk in the footsteps of Jesus is to cultivate the full expression of both your humanity and your divinity.

This Epiphany, do listen to the promptings of the Spirit within you.  With Jesus as your Guide, ask:

  • What is God eager to express through me?
  • How is God fulfilling divine longings through my life and ministry?
  • How is God working through me to contribute to the Kingdom?

There are needs all around you:  in your family, in the congregation, in the community, in the denomination, in the country, and in the world.  Enough that it just might feel overwhelming.  Consider this:  overwhelm is the sensation that comes when you try to control outcomes, or resist the movement of the Spirit.  Yet, you are divinely designed to be a co-creator with God. May you live into this epiphany, this revelation.  And may this Season of Epiphany be a time of surprising, divinely guided growth for you.

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  1. Rev. Dr. Myrna Tuttle

    “Overwhelm” comes for me when the Spirit takes over and I am totally aware of being involved in the Divine. It is not a negative experience.

    • Rebekah Simon-Peter

      Thanks for sharing your unique experience of “overwhelm.”

  2. Jay Whitcomb

    I am struck by the two definitions of the word epiphany. One is this season with Jesus. This other is “sudden insight,” as in “I had an epiphany.” Can they be woven together? You will remember the workshop in Boise, and the lunch we shared that day. Jay Whitcomb

    • Rebekah Simon-Peter

      Jay, I am struck by that, too. I think the two definitions are absolutely woven together. Here’s one way: Epiphany represents the sudden-ish insight or revelation humanity had about Jesus: God can incarnate in human flesh. And so, we celebrate or commemorate this time. I am hoping that humanity have the epiphany that God also incarnates in US.


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