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LUTHERAN CHURCH

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January 2020

“The star proclaims the King is here; but Herod, why this senseless fear?”LSB 399, verse 1

The one thing that a majority of people associate with Epiphany is the star leading the Magi to Bethlehem.  Martin Luther noted, however, that the star didn't actually get the job done.  The star announced to the ancient stargazers that a king had been born to the Jews, but it didn't tell them where to find Him.  Using human (natural) reason, they trotted off to the logical spot - Jerusalem - only to find business as usual and no one celebrating the birth of a king.

Nature - even a miracle such as a star - will only get a person so far.  The Scripture, however, can get you all the way to where Jesus may be found.  King Herod asked the scribes about the ancient prophecy, and they answered from Micah: "In Bethlehem of Judea."  With this prophecy tucked into their hearts, the magi journeyed toward the city of David, and suddenly the star they had seen when it rose reappeared, and it led the way to the house where the child and His mother were found.

Thanks be to God that He has written into nature and into our hearts the knowledge that there is a Creator!  But, during this season of Epiphany, let us rejoice even more greatly that God did not leave us to stumble around searching for Him (e.g. the Magi) with natural knowledge alone: in such a case, we should end-up following in the footsteps of the Greeks, Romans, and other polytheistic religions.  No: God has revealed Himself to us in Jesus Christ, and has sent the Holy Spirit to guide us to Jesus, so that we would know who He is and how He has saved us from eternal condemnation.

As God has given us such a great gift by revealing Himself to us, let us rejoice in Him and devour every word He has spoken concerning Himself!  Let us search the Scriptures so that, when others come to us seeking the Christ, we may firmly and confidently direct them to where He may be found: in Scripture, in Baptism, and in the Holy Supper for the forgiveness of their sins.

May God grant you a happy and blessed Epiphany season.

Pastor Lorenz