The third Sunday of Epiphany: January 21, 2024

Holy Trinity Church – Tom Mount

 

Scripture reading: Luke 2:22-32

Introduction

  1. Today is third Sunday of Epiphany (Jan 6th). The season continues through Ash Wednesday (this year: Feb 14th). Epiphany, epiphaneia, means “manifestation, revealing, brightness.”
  2. Last day to pick up chalk and instruction sheet to celebrate the Epiphany tradition called “The chalking of the doors” as a way to invite God to bless and indwell your home throughout the coming year. Write 20 + C + M + B + 24 above your door (Caspar, Melchior, Balthasar and Christus Mansionem Benedicat). Then pray a short prayer.
  3. Today, we will look at three epiphanies in the life of Jesus. 

First epiphany: The revelation of Jesus at his birth

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”  (Matthew 2:1-6)

What was revealed? Matt 2:1-2a: His _____________ pedigree.

How did people respond? Matt 2:2b-8. Three ways: 1. v.16: Herod, ___________ 2. vv. 4-6: Religious leaders, _____________, 3. vv. 2b, 10-11: Magi, __________________.

What does it look like for us to embrace this aspect of our Lord? John 13:13: Submit to him as the _____________________.

Second epiphany: The revelation of Jesus at his baptism (anointing)

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17) 

What was revealed?

  • His triune
  • His ________________ by the Holy Spirit. (cf. Isa 61:1).
  • His total ___________________ with our estranged humanity.

How did people respond? Lk 15:1-2; Mt 11:28-30

What does it look like for us to embrace this aspect of our Lord? Heb 2:17-18; 4:16: Rest assured in his __________________________.

Third epiphany: The revelation of Jesus at his parousia (processional)

6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might 10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.”  (2 Thessalonians 1:6-10) 

What will be revealed? 2 Thess 1:6-10 – His divine _________________ (cf. Acts 17:31; Rev 19:11-16; 20:11-15.

How will people respond? Rev 6:16-17 and 7:9-10.

What does it look like for us to embrace this aspect of our Lord? Titus 2:11-14: Live in _____________________.

Takeaway

Right now, how are you responding to the revelation of Jesus that God has given you? As Savior? As King? As Friend? As final Judge?