"I will also make You a light of the nations so that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth." – Isaiah 49:6 NASB
Today is the day that Christians throughout the centuries have celebrated Epiphany. It’s a day set aside to celebrate the coming of the wise men to bring gifts to Jesus as a baby. Why honor these magi? Because they were the first Gentiles to honor Jesus.
The word epiphany means “to make known or reveal.” And the appearance of the magi was an epiphany, revealing that Jesus had come to be the Savior of people in all nations. This meant that salvation was for everyone, regardless of their race or background!
Epiphany is a day to focus on spreading the Gospel. Through Isaiah, God prophesied that Jesus would be “a light of the nations” so that salvation would “reach to the end of the earth.” Today, the light still shines. But it is estimated that more than two billion people have not once heard the name of Jesus!
For a minute, think about the people you know who need salvation – friends, family, politicians, celebrities, co-workers, entertainers, kings, generals, people in your neighborhood, and around the world. Jesus died so that all these people might not perish but have everlasting life.
Ask God to show you what you can do to help reach the world with the Gospel. Pray for people He brings into your life. Tell them about Jesus. And give to support the work of evangelism. People everywhere need to hear the Good News.
PrayerFather, thank You for sending Jesus. I pray for salvation for these people: ________. Use me to impact lives for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingIsaiah 49