13th January 2015
These Wise-one, Kings or Magi and indeed the visiting shepherds all give vision, give Epiphany to different groups of people. The shepherds visit on behalf of the poor and lowly, the Kings represent power and wealth. The shepherd represent the downtrodden and uneducated, the wisemen the knowledgable and knowing. The shepherds are seen as the visitation of the Jewish nation, whilst the magi as the Gentile world.
In our prejudice we would easily keep someone from meeting Jesus. Whoever the wise-ones or shepherds represent, they too would naturally turn into gate keepers; blocking the Jew or Gentile, the rich or poor, the wise, who got the wrong theology or the simple, because they could not understand.
The Epiphany showing is that there is real open invitation to visit Him.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church