I am part of a group studying a book called the faces of Jesus. At the very beginning the author talks about being able to look directly into the eyes of Jesus. Think about it for a minute. Remember when you were a kid and if you thought someone was lying to you, you would say, “Straight in the eye!” The understanding being you had to tell the truth when you were eyeball to eyeball. You look at people every day when you do business or have a casual conversation. Now imagine you are looking into the eyes of Jesus. Really looking deeply. What would you see — joy, a recognition of a fellow believer; would you see anger or pity; or perhaps a deep, deep sorrow at what we have allowed ourselves to become.
The Epiphany season is a time of shining the light of truth on this man, Jesus. Studying the scriptures and praying to know who he really is — true man and true God. But the light of truth swings over to us as well. There must be a personal revelation and as we stand fully exposed in this truth, we also must answer the questions of who are we in the light of the glory and grace of God, embodied in our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.