Do you know what today is?
It’s Epiphany, a significant Christian holiday. What does it celebrate? This, from Matthew 2:7-12:
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Put yourself in that day and age, and imagine seeing that star. Wow.
Epiphany dates way, way back in the Christian calendar and has obvious significance. I mention it today because I’m very interested in Christian history and the lessons we can learn from these people and their traditions. After all, if we look far enough back, some of these folks knew the Apostles or the disciples of the Apostles. Don’t think that I equate those opinions with Scripture, but rather I see the value they can add on top of Scripture. (Much like how C.S. Lewis’ writings aren’t Scripture, but has helped many Christians understand Scripture better.)
I encourage all Christians to consider the history of the Lord’s church. The majority of that history is beautiful and can help us grow.