Joyous Epiphany

Epiphany is an “Aha!” moment in your consciousness. Often we face circumstances that are either confusing or we just simply lack the understanding to know just exactly what we should do. When we are facing times of confusion or lack understanding, we can ask God to give us an “Aha!” in our thinking.

In my own experience, many moments of epiphany have come to me when reading the Bible. Often I have come to a passage of scripture that I did not really understand fully, and after times of prayer and reflection they become so very clear, invoking an, “I get it, Lord! I get it now!”

Have you ever felt that way? Are you at one of those places in your life now where you are just uncertain about things? Do you find yourself in need of an “Aha!” moment?

I love Matthew 16 which illustrates Simon Peter’s moment of epiphany with regard to who Jesus really was. Jesus had been frustrated after talking with the Pharisees and Sadducees who had demanded that Jesus show some miraculous sign as proof of His identity. Jesus then asked the disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” The disciples responded in Matthew 16:14 with, “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”

Then, Jesus asked the disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” Notice that Jesus asked all of the disciples in his presence, yet only one of them responded. It was Simon Peter. Matthew 16:16 says, “Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’”

Jesus’ response is beautiful. Matthew 16:17-19 says, “Jesus replied, ‘You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.’”

Simon Peter got it!

May you get it, too, and may you have the best day you've ever had in your life.


Anonymous said…
I had an 'Aha' moment last week. I had come to a big road block in my prayer life that froze me in place. I couldn't figure out how to resolve the matter. It was taking all of my concentration and freaking me out because its unexpected nature. Voila! Over the course of 2 days, through friends random statements, stumbling upon a few prayer blogs, and some songs on the radio, (I rarely listen to music) Jesus opened my eyes to such a simple loving solution that just knocked my socks off. He made sure I got the message. Again & again thru so many events until it resonated like a bell in my head. How cool is that! Again & again I turn to Him & His Hand is always there!

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