The Circumcision and Naming of our Lord
Text: Psalm 29
Focus Verses: “Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness…O God, save me by your name, and vindicate me by your might” (v. 1-2; Psalm 54:1).
Today the Church commemorates the Circumcision and Naming of Jesus; today we ascribe to the Lord the glory due the name of Jesus, which means “salvation.” At just eight days old, our Lord shed His holy blood in circumcision so that He might be placed fully under the Law of Moses, fulfilling it for you. At just eight days old, He was prophetically named “salvation” for you. Jesus, by His birth, sanctifies all life. From the tiny infant in the womb to the old man at death’s door, Jesus has lived through all stages of human life and sanctified it. And you, as a little baby, are brought into that name of Jesus by Holy Baptism. By your baptism, He sanctifies your life in His holy name. Salvation is placed upon you and all who are in Christ. As baptized children of God whose name has been given to us, we pray that in all places and at all times the sanctity of life would be upheld by all, that all would ascribe to the Lord the glory due His Name.
Let us pray: Lord God, You made Your beloved Son, our Savior, subject to the Law, and caused Him to shed His blood on our behalf. Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit, that our hearts may be made pure from all sins; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
(Kyle Brown, Sem IV)