A pattern was established when John the Baptist pointed out to his followers who Jesus was, they chose to follow him and in catching the dream they began to invite others to join them. A dream that over centuries has marked Christians as followers willing to go where Jesus has led the way. A dream that in our own day has invited each of us to make a commitment to follow Jesus as Lord.
We’re in the season after the Epiphany. Epiphany means revelation or manifestation. It’s not only the revelation that this Jew from Nazareth, this lowly babe whose birth we celebrated here just a few days ago, is indeed God’s Messiah. It’s also the revelation that this Messiah, this Jesus is as much of God as we ever hope to see. This is what God is really like, rather than God as we think God should be.
As we continue our celebration of Christmas we are reminded that God acts in unexpected ways to accomplish divine purposes. A story is told of how God acted through the ordinary events and the desires of human life. God decided it was important to become more visible to human beings so they might acknowledge the presence of God in their lives. Sending an angel to a king and a peasant God informed each that they would be blessed.
Tonight we celebrate more than an occurrence in the past. We rejoice in a mystery that affects each of us here even today. This Jesus is “a Savior, who is Messiah.” Who in the words of Paul in his letter to Titus, came “to make us a people of his own.” Jesus came to remind us of who we are, to challenge us to live lives as children of God. Jesus came to invite us to right the wrongs of a broken world, to speak the truth with boldness, to open our minds and hearts to God’s rule on this earth as it is in heaven.