8th January 2023

Having an Epiphany

The phrase “having an epiphany” is meant to convey that some reality that was once hidden is now seen. When you have an “epiphany” it is often accompanied by some significant change in how you go about life. Have you ever had an epiphany?

My friend tells a story about when he had an epiphany as a young man. He was traveling south from Los Angeles to attend a weekend basketball tournament held in San Diego.  After the tournament, my friend got on the interstate, set his cruise control, and headed home. There was little traffic so he knew he should be home in a few short hours. Then he had an epiphany. It came to him in the form of a big green sign on the middle of the freeway that read, “International Border”. Suddenly, he realized he was headed for Mexico. Before that, he was completely in the dark to the reality that he had been driving in the wrong direction.

Well, that may not be a life-changing epiphany, but for that short journey, it meant a complete turnaround.

The Apostle Paul, on the other hand, does speak of a life-changing epiphany that also results in a complete turnaround. It comes to us when we see God face-to-face in Jesus Christ. Listen to the change that comes about for those who see the epiphany we have in Jesus.

…They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him. (2 Corinthians 3:16-18 MSG)

Like that green sign that became an epiphany for my traveling friend, Jesus is a living sign who shows us our way home. More than that, he is our Way and our Home. Seeing Jesus will result in changes that will be needed in our life. But they are changes towards living out the freedom that comes with being home with the Father.

Presented by Heber Ticas


About the presenter:
Heber Ticas is an elder in Grace Communion International and is the Superintendent of the churches in Latin America. The Word of Life each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life’,  (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. 

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