epiphany: discovering the hope of all the years

“Today the Magi gaze in deep wonder at what they see: heaven on earth, earth in heaven, man in God, God in man, one whom the whole universe cannot contain now enclosed in a tiny body.” — Peter Chrysologus


Guided by the stars
and their expert analysis
as they pored over maps
of constellations in the heavens,
the Wise Men were awakened.

All their seeking and searching 
for the Messiah's arrival
had come to fulfilment,
so they gathered their entourage
and travelled to distant lands afar.

The manifestation of Jesus Christ
to Gentile hearts and eyes
was a wondrous epiphany,
an opening where light shone bright
to reveal heaven's Son had arrived.

This breaking through of breaking
news was unlike any other,
for God had never before become
as one of us, made weak, helpless,
fully dependent on others. 

He laid aside his majesty
to better reveal the deep union
he has with the hearts of men,
if given half a chance, an opportunity
to finally set us free from sin.

Or sin's penalty, at least, as death
became vanquished by Christ's victory
on the Cross, and eternal life was given
as pure gift of grace to all mankind,
with the opening of eyes once blind.

Ascended now, Christ sits and intercedes
for us with faith and hope in his heart,
waiting for an epiphany to transform
our flawed thinking, so we can reach out
in trust and fully receive his amazing love. 
© joylenton

“For by gold the power of a king is signified, by frankincense the honor of God, by myrrh the burial of the body; and accordingly they offer Him gold as King, frankincense as God, myrrh as Man.” — St John Chrysostom

7 thoughts on “epiphany: discovering the hope of all the years

    • Thank you for sharing what has spoken to you, Shirley. I think that even if we might wish it were instant, the transformation we undergo is a slow, continual process as we learn, stretch our faith, mature, and grow in our understanding and experience. At least, that’s how it’s been for me. Others might be quicker on the uptake! Bless you for reading and responding. It’s good to connect with you again, my friend. x 😊❤️

  1. Dear Joy,
    These words are beautiful today, especially this:

    The manifestation of Jesus Christ to Gentile hearts and eyes was a wondrous epiphany, an opening where light shone bright to reveal heaven’s Son had arrived.

    Praise God for His wondrous opening to shine His light into our hearts. And praise Him for the gift of your poetry here again. May He continue to bless you with strength and light to share. Sending love & hugs dear friend!

    • Dear Bettie, what a glorious gift that opening to the Gentiles was and is! We live in light of Christ’s coming to earth and our gratitude is enhanced each time we remember His humble birth.
      Thank you so much for your kind encouragement. I’ll let you into a little secret… the Advent poetry I’ve shared was actually written a couple of years ago. Although I’ve collated it together for a potential book, it hasn’t yet made its way into the world as such.
      But as I wait on God for fresh inspiration to come, I’m marvelling at His mercy and grace in preparing these thoughts to share in advance, which are proving to be timely now, nevertheless. Sending love, hugs and blessings to you, dear friend! Your presence here is such a sweet gift. Xox 😊❤️

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