Sometimes words lose their meanings. Either they change over time or they get overused to the point of becoming unrecognizable as they were once intended. Over the past few years, “epic” has fallen into this category. The frequency of its use and lowly context applied to it have diluted its meaning. Every summer half a dozen blockbuster movies are “epic.” A new snowboarding trick at the X-Games is “epic.” Three teenage boys spend an evening eating Taco Bell and driving around in an old, beat-up Ford Escort and recount their “epic” night to friends at school.
Epic is the kind of word we don’t want to lose its substance. Epic means heroic, majestic, or impressively great (www.dictionary.com). We live in a broken, fallen world. People fail us. We fail people. In our ignorance we chase the wind, we put our trust in the wrong things, we don’t understand true beauty. If there is any hope for our world we need something epic to happen. We need a hero. We need something majestic. And we need something far greater than we can imagine. Or should I say, we need Someone far greater than we can imagine? In short, our greatest need is an epic miracle.
I’ve given you all that background so you will know the weight of what I mean when I say: what God does in Luke 2:1-7 is epic. It is epic in the truest, purest sense of the word. It’s not majestic as we think of majesty and the Hero of the story is not like any other hero in our world. If there is anything that is impressive about it, it’s how impressively lowly the whole thing is. Yet, in spite of those apparent shortcomings, it is the most heroic, majestic, and impressively great action the world has ever seen. The birth of Jesus Christ was and remains to this day epic.
The simple narrative of Jesus’ birth is about so much more than that day or even those nine months leading up to that day. It is the story of history. It does not just divide time, it defines time. This Sunday will be epic, not because I will have some great words, but because we will talk together about one of the most heroic days in history. Many of us think we know this day well, but do we? It’s not just a story for December 24-25 every year. It’s a story for every day, every year. I hope you will be there this Sunday. It’s going to be epic because of Jesus!
For the sake of His name,