Many years ago, a young mother was making her way on foot across the hills of South Wales, carrying her infant son. A blinding blizzard overtook the pair, and the mother never reached her destination. Searchers found her lifeless body, with the baby snuggled beneath her, warm and … More
Luke tells us that eight days after the Baby was born, He was circumcised and given the name “Jesus,” just as the angel had said (v. 21). Every boy was circumcised and named on the eighth day after his birth (Lev. 12:3; Luke 1:59-60). Circumcision symbolized the Jews’ separation from Gentiles and their unique relationship with God. The infant Messiah is given a name. We may ask, ‘What’s in a name?’ but in the Bible names are very important. ‘Jesus’ was literally ‘Yeshua’, meaning, ‘Saviour’ (Matt. 1:21).
Luke apparently fast forwards to forty days later, when Mary and Joseph go to the temple (v. 22). They make the five-mile journey from Bethlehem to Jerusalem with Jesus, to go through two ceremonies (vv. 23-24). The first was Mary’s purification rite following childbirth, which is described in the Old Testament in Leviticus 12. For 40 days after the birth of a son and 80 days after the birth of a daughter, the mother was ceremonially unclean and could not enter the temple. Mary’s forty-day purification was over. At the end of her time of separation the parents were to bring a lamb for a burnt offering and a dove or pigeon for a sin offering. If the individual could not afford a sheep, two doves or pigeons could be offered instead. Apparently because they didn’t have much money, Mary and Joseph bring two birds.
It is easy for me to think giving my all to the Lord is like taking a $1,000 bill and laying it on the table. Giving my life to serving Christ isn’t a one time decision; it’s done in little acts of love, 25 cents at a time.
And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord") and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons."
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Luke 1:1-7The Purpose of the Gospel Unfolds
Luke 1:8-17Gabriel Announces John’s Birth
Luke 1:18-25Zacharias is Unable to Speak
Luke 1:26-38Christ’s Birth is Announced
Luke 1:39-56Mary Visits Elizabeth
Luke 1:57-66Elizabeth Gives Birth to John
Luke 1:67-80Zachariah Prophesies of John’s Ministry
Luke 2:1-14The Birth of Jesus
Luke 2:15-20The Shepherds Visit Jesus
Luke 2:21-24Jesus is Circumcised
Luke 2:25-38Simeon’s Prophesy
Luke 2:39-52Jesus Celebrates the Passover
Luke 3:1-14The Message of John
Luke 3:15-22The Imprisonment of John
Luke 3:23-38The Genealogy of Jesus
Luke 4:1-13The Temptation of Christ
Luke 4:14-21Jesus is Rejected at Nazareth
Luke 4:22-30Jesus Makes Three Important Announcements
Luke 4:31-37Demons Are Cast Out
Luke 4:38-44Jesus Heals Many People
Luke 5:1-11A Miraculous Catch of Fish
Luke 5:12-16Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Luke 5:17-26Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man
Luke 5:27-39Matthew was Called to Follow Jesus