A blessed Epiphany to you!
Epiphany means “to shine” or “to reveal”. In the season of Epiphany the church reads passages of the Holy Bible which clearly show that Jesus is both God and man and that God is the creator of the world.
It is critical to know and believe that Jesus, the son of the virgin Mary, is also divine, God. The Nicene’ Creed summarizes the Holy Bible in stating: “[the] Lord Jesus Christ [is], begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man…” It is only because Jesus is God taking on humanity that the Lord Jesus’ death on the cross could atone for your sins and my sins; the sins of the world. In Christ’s divinity and His redeeming work we have our salvation.
In Epiphany the passages of Holy Scripture read also confess that God is the creator of the world. Did you note in the quotation of the Nicene Creed above that Jesus is, “of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.” This along with the beginning of the Nicene Creed, “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible,” clearly states God has created the world and all that we see as well as angels which we usually cannot see.
It is very important to confess that God is the creator of the world. For a belief in a Creator is a fundamental biblical confession and fundamental to the Judaeo-Christian worldview. The only other alternative to this worldview is Monism, the notion that there is no distinction between god(s) and all else that exists including human beings.
We live in a time where atheistic humanism with its materialist creeds of the Big Bang theory and evolution are beginning to fall out of favour with the Millennials and those who are of school age. Today what is replacing a belief in materialism and no God is a new type of paganism which believes that the divine is in all things including in people. It is not a coincidence that this belief is emerging along with Eastern meditation practices being introduced to our children in schools. If only our children were taught the basics of world history, mathematics, grammar, logic and critical thinking! What this all means is that the younger generation do not have a Christian worldview or even an atheist/materialist worldview; their worldview is completely different. Our youngest generation need to hear the truth that there is a God who has created them, loves them personally and has redeemed them through the saving work of Jesus Christ, which gives them hope for eternal life and a bodily resurrection from the dead.
All of this is part of the Epiphany season’s message.
Here at Grace we hold God’s Word as inerrant and divinely inspired and so we hold to a throughly biblical worldview. We are liturgical, sacramental and value community. Please feel free to watch the Sunday sermons as found in the blog posts on this website or to join us for in-person worship (permissible under the current lockdown with a ten person cap on attendance). Please note that our worship times are continually changing due to the current government restrictions (this is written in late January, 2021). When we get back to the “red” zone we will not have any problems with attendance because our sanctuary seating capacity it is very large. Check the home page of this website for the most up to date worship times.
May God the Father who has made you, God the Son who has redeemed you and God the Holy Spirit who has sanctified you in Holy Baptism, bless you this Epiphany and always.