Concordia Theological Monthly

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jerusalem, magi, sermon, christmas, israel, star of bethlehem, manifestation, salvation

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


This festival is known also as the Theophany, the Manifestation of God; the Feast of the Three Kings; and Twelfth - or in Lutheran Sweden, as Thirteenth - Day. A large· section of the church still observes it as the Christmas Festival. In a degree it must be associated with Christmas, but there is a distinct advance in its teaching. The Babe of Bethlehem is revealed as God, the splendor of the divine glory bursting through the humanity. The feast is the complete fulfillment of Advent, the highest point of the Christmas cycle.


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Malachi 3:1; Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 1:8; John 1:4, 5, 9; John 8:12; Luke 2:30-32; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 2 Peter 1:19; Psalm 97:11; Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:27; John 15:14-15; Romans 12:1-5; Luke 2:41-52;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars