January 6 is a dark day for Americans. It marks the insurrection of the Capitol in 2021. But for Christians, January 6 is also the day that, each year, we mark the Epiphany, Christ’s manifestation or revelation to the magi and thus to the Gentiles.
The good news of Epiphany is that the Savior of Israel, awaited during Advent and celebrated during Christmas, is also the King of every nation. Because Jesus is God Incarnate, born to heal creation from within, there is hope for all the Gentile nations, including America. In addition to the forgiveness of sins, the gospel of the kingdom promises peace for creation and justice for the nations.
In a time of violence, Jesus promises to beat our swords and guns into plowshares. In a day of instability, the government of our King will have no end. In an age of outrage, Jesus whispers peace. In an era of division, Jesus offers healing.
On January 6, place your whole hope in the Prince of Peace. The one born a king is coming again to judge the violent and bring justice to the oppressed.
Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain,
Gold I bring to crown him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.