Holy Name of Jesus | January 1, 2020
15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
21 Eight days later, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel even before he was conceived.
Luke 2:15-21 New Living Translation (NLT)
On the eighth day of Christmas – Today is the eighth day of Christmas. Yes, for many Christians around the world it is still Christmas, while most people are reveling in a new year, there are those who see this day as something more. For Jewish parents, Mary and Joseph, the eighth day meant that they would officially name him and because he was a boy, they would circumcise him as well.
We are reminded of this in today’s scripture. Again we have the story of the shepherds – and what were they to do? They went to visit the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. They were excited because they were the first to visit the Savior of the world. After all the name Jesus, means Savior. We find that in Matthew’s gospel when the angel comes to visit Joseph.
Jesus came in to a world to save people from what they couldn’t save themselves. Paul writes:
4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” 7 Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.Galatians 4:4-7 New Living Translation (NLT)
Jesus was born to Mary at just the right time. He came to purchase our freedom so that we would no longer have to live as sinners – no longer live as slaves to the law. Jesus is indeed the name above all names.
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honorPhilippians 2:5-11
and gave him the name above all other names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.