Jesus was born as a man to fulfill the Old Testament prophecies. He was the Messiah, the Redeemer to free and lead his nation, the People of Israel to their Promised Land. But Jesus’ mission wasn’t restricted to the people of Israel only. He came to free all who were trapped in the slavery of the sin brought upon them by Adam and Eve. The promised Land is the lost paradise, it is our home that we all long to.
The Epiphany highlights this universal aspect of Jesus’ first coming.
The manger set on display in our church was purchased as an alternative one a few years ago. I ordered the statues from eBay. They were made in China but shipped from a retailer in California. What a long trip, almost like the three wise men challenge … The statues are made of resin and nicely finished with care of every small detail. I just discovered recently that the two of the kings are … twins, they have only different garments and beard. Perhaps it is a hidden message in it, that everyone looking at them can actually find a twin among them, and identify with their longing to meet the Savior, and pay him the homage even after a long journey. Can you tell what is the third king's present for Jesus?
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