AS WITH GLADNESS MEN OF OLD
William C. Dix, 1837–1898
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi (Wise Men) from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:1, 2)
The period in the church year that begins with January 6 and extends to Ash Wednesday is known as Epiphany.
Epiphany marks the time that the Christ Child was revealed to the wise men in His first manifestation to the Gentiles as the Light of the whole world. It is generally believed by Bible scholars that these wise men from the East arrived approximately 2 years after the birth of Christ. The earnestness of their search, their worship and gifts, and their desire to return home to share their spiritual experience with others have much to teach us. In many churches, Epiphanyis ushered in with a special week of prayer, a renewed commitment to evangelism, and a wor…