Today is the feast of the Epiphany the day when the 3 kings found the baby Jesus and worshipped him. They came bearing exquisite gifts. They came to help prepare Jesus for his life in this world. Today we begin the season where, like the kings, we worship Jesus because our King has come into the world.
Today in our reading from Revelation, we get a vision of the next world - where Jesus' kingdom is established. The word epiphany actually means "light" - and we are told that Jesus is the light of the world (John 1). In this reading from Revelation, there is no need for a sun or a moon, because God illumines everything through Jesus. We are given hope that the Heavenly world and earthly world will meet upon Jesus' return - that God's kingdom will be established on earth. One day, we all, like the 3 kings on that first epiphany, will worship God and all earthly nations and all earthly kings will one day acknowledge Jesus as their Lord and Savior and worship Him.
In the meantime, we are called to carry the light of Christ for the world to see so that all might be drawn to worship Him as their King. As we move through these next several weeks, may we all consider how we might more effectively be the light of Christ for the world.