On the day of Epiphany, God's people remember that the new King born of the line of David in Bethlehem came not only to rule the Jews, but also the nations. Sorcerers from the East, stargazers with their pagan ways, found the words of the prophet Micah. They believed, came, and knelt at the One who would unleash them from their sin. Epiphany, thus, ushers in a season of light in the midst of darkness. For many this day coincides with some of the darkest days of the year, those hours of bleak January wherein you cannot find a ray of sun. But, along the way, the unexpected Light of the God who entered our darkness to overcome it, shines according to his words.
The word epiphany comes from two Greek words: epi and phania. Epi is a preposition that means upon, onto, or near. The more exciting word phania comes from a much older Indo-European root that we would recognize as the word phos, from which we get fantasy, photocopy, and phosphorus and...photon torpedo. It's the word for "light," the essence of illumination. The day of Epiphania is the unveiling of the ultimate enlightenment of the world, and you, in the one man Jesus Christ.