January 06, 2013


The title of this particular post is Greek. I know this because my husband studies Greek... but mostly because I looked it up on Wikipedia. It means Epiphany!

January the sixth (twelve days after Christmas) is traditionally the day that Christians celebrate the feast day of Epiphany... except that we don't actually really celebrate it all that much. In fact, it didn't even come up in church this morning (although this may be because it's more of a tradition within the Anglican and Greek Orthodox churches). From what I've seen and read, there's a variety of practices and traditions done today (e.g. half-dressed men jumping into cold lakes), depending on the denomination, but in general, today's feast celebrates the manifestation of God through human flesh in His Son, Jesus Christ. That's feast-worthy, in my opinion.

"No priest, no theologian stood at the cradle in Bethlehem. And yet, all Christian theology has its origin in the wonder of all wonders that God became a man. Alongside the brilliance of holy night there burns the fire of the unfathomable mystery of Christian theology."
                                - Dietrich Bonhoeffer, quoted in Eric Metaxas' Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy (pg 472)

 That's a good word for it -- unfathomable. That God would become a man and humble Himself to cover our sin and shame when we don't deserve it at all -- unfathomable.

We're going to celebrate our freedom in Christ today by eating pizza and Sabbathing. Yay!

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