Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine

Rise and shine.

Epiphany Sunday

 

 

1.The manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12).

2.A moment of sudden and great revelation or realization.

3.An aha moment!!!

January 6 2019

George Methodist Church

8am and 10 am

Isaiah 60:1-6

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14

Ephesians 3:1-12

Matthew 2:1-12

 

Isaiah 60:1-6

60:1 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.

 

60:2 For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you.

 

60:3 Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

 

60:4 Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.

 

60:5 Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you.

 

60:6 A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the LORD.

 

Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14

72:1 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.

 

72:2 May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.

 

72:3 May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.

 

72:4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.

 

72:5 May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

 

72:6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.

 

72:7 In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.

 

72:10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts.

 

72:11 May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service.

 

72:12 For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.

 

72:13 He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.

 

72:14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.

 

Ephesians 3:1-12

3:1 This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles–

 

3:2 for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you,

 

3:3 and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words,

 

3:4 a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ.

 

3:5 In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:

 

3:6 that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

 

3:7 Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power.

 

3:8 Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ,

 

3:9 and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things;

 

3:10 so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.

 

3:11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,

 

3:12 in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.

 

Matthew 2:1-12

2:1 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,

 

2:2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”

 

2:3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him;

 

2:4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.

 

2:5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

 

2:6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.'”

 

2:7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared.

 

2:8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”

 

2:9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was.

 

2:10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.

 

2:11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

 

2:12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

 

  1. As we start the new year it is exciting to know that we have some wonderful opportunities to rethink review and reshape our destiny. The first thing we need to do is to rise. Get up however you may understand this. I find that the mornings for me are invigorating and a huge gift from God. Before the noise of the day begins there is an opportunity to be still and reflect and prayer. It’s also a huge blessing to get up with other runners in the town and cyclists and just enjoy our quiet streets and beautiful mountains. We are so blessed to live here. Rise and see the Glory that surrounds you.

 

  1. We are called to shine not because of ourselves but because of the light of the world has stepped down into darkness. It’s profound for me to see how if it’s a clear night it does not matter how dark it is that there are still stars shining in the universe. Even behind the thickest darkest clouds those stars are still shining. Paul calls us to shine like stars in the universe. Philippians 2:12-16 (TNIV)
  • [12] Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, [13] for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

[14] Do everything without grumbling or arguing, [15] so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky [16] as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

 [12] Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, [13] for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

[14] Do everything without grumbling or arguing, [15] so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky [16] as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

 

Daniel 12:3 (TNIV)

[3] Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

 

Shining is really about our attitude. You can choose how you will be every day. Choose life, choose light.

 

Matthew 4:14 Daniel 12:3 (TNIV)

[3] Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

Matthew 4:14-16 (TNIV)

[14] to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

[15] “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,

 the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,

 Galilee of the Gentiles—

 [16] the people living in darkness

 have seen a great light;

 on those living in the land of the shadow of death

 a light has dawned.”

Our world needs light more now than ever before and we are called to be the lightbearers for Him. It’s time now for us to reflect on the darkness in our own lives and to let the light guide us into all truth and wisdom.

 

  1. Guided by the Lord follow the direction he gives you and just do it.

The wise men came to Jesus a while after he was born and follow a star to the place where they would find the Messiah. They we gentiles and yet drawn by their own desire to discover the purpose of this great star over Bethlehem’s  and the command from Herod to find him – that I too may worship him, which was such a liar. They found him and brought symbolic prophetic gifts of

Myrrh being commonly used as an anointing oil, frankincense as a perfume, and gold as a valuable. The three gifts had a spiritual meaning: gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense (an incense) as a symbol of deity, and myrrh (an embalming oil) as a symbol of death.These wise men and the Bible never says there are three of them by the way come from the ancient school of Daniel who had preceded them as a wise man to King Nebuchadnezzar

Perhaps the word magi feels a little too foreign for you. Have no fear! Wise men is a perfectly acceptable translation. Cicero describes magi as being “wise and learned men among the Persians.” In fact, the Hebrew word wise men is used much more frequently in the Old Testament to designate this class of astrological advisors. Gentile kings valued these men for their wisdom concerning the affairs of the kingdom.

When you call Matthew’s journeymen magi, don’t be surprised to find them bowing before a Hebrew and heralding him as king. At Jesus’s birth, recognize how the tables have turned. This time, a star led the Magi into exile, sojourning in search of the scepter rising out of Israel (Num. 24:17). This time, they do not find a man seated at the right hand of Pharaoh or Nebuchadnezzar, but a child seated on his mother’s lap. As they bow and worship, they become the first to recognize the end from the beginning. This child would surpass both Daniel and Joseph as chief of the magi: “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’” (Matt. 28:18).

God’s direction and guidance led them to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and that Light still leads and directs us,but are we willing to follow at the risk that it might be to us.

Are we prepared to turn and go the other way against the powers that be to enable the light to shine all the brighter. Their warning was profound and extremely dangerous and yet they chose to override the commands of Herod and instead fulfill the plans of the Lord.

 

  1. The Glory of the Lord has risen upon you. What does that mean for us today?

I really want to believe that it means a whole lot.Final scripture today is from Ephesians 3: 1-13

 [1] For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—

[2] Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, [3] that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. [4] In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, [5] which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. [6] This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

[7] I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. [8] Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, [9] and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. [10] His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms,

Ephesians 3:12-13 (TNIV)

[12] In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. [13] I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

 

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