It’s a new year, and something wholly new lies before us. This is true every day, but most of the time we don’t know it. We don’t notice. Because of Jesus, we are always standing on the threshold of a new season, a new revelation, new possibilities with God–but often we are too blinded by fear, stress and familiarity to cross over.
This Sunday, we look at the story of Epiphany--where everyone receives the revelation that the messiah has come. And most people do… nothing. They are invested in the life they have. They aren’t interested in participating in the new thing God is doing in their midst. Or worse–they actively oppose it with deception and horrific violence. The story of Epiphany shows us the gamut of human responses to God–we can participate in what God is doing, we can ignore it or we can actively oppose God’s will.
Every day we choose how we respond to the coming of Christ into the world. Christmas is our celebration of the revelation that God is for us and here with us saving us. But with revelation comes responsibility. Now that we know, now that we have rejoiced–will we allow God to lead us to step into the new life Christ brings? Or will we pack up our decorations and pick up where we left off?