Day 27 – He Was Named Jesus
On: November 27, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived. When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord’), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: ‘a pair of doves or two young pigeons.'” [Luke 2:21-24]

These verses combine the normal -“every first born is to be consecrated to The Lord” – and the unique -this child WAS The Lord. God Himself born as a baby. The Creator become part of Creation. The Son of God going through the same rituals as any son born of man and woman. And this Divine visitation was not a tourist trip to see what the world looked like, or a family visit to see how the relations were getting on. This incarnation was a mission with a specific goal: to secure the salvation of the world. And it was built into His name from birth, so there could be no doubt – then or now. Like a parent sewing a name tab into their child’s coat, so everyone knows whose it is.

There’s almost a play on words with Revelation 7:10 – “Salvation belongs to our God”, which appears immediately after John (the author of Revelation) writes: “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” (Rev 7:9).

This is a picture of the place Jesus had come from and would return to: Heaven. Oh, and He is not one of the multitude, He is the Lamb … on the throne.

He was named Jesus … meaning … the LORD is salvation or, more simply Saviour

Prayer:

Revelation chapter 8 starts: “And there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” I suggest we, too, pause for about half an hour to reflect on Who this baby is and why He came. It may just change our lives. Lord Jesus, Son of God, human baby, Saviour of the World, Lamb seated on the throne in Heaven: open my eyes to see more of who You are and enlarge my understanding of what that means. I come before You in silence …

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