As we continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the devotion for this morning is based on Luke 2:21, "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."
Circumcision was a requirement of God's law, and it was necessary for Jesus to be properly brought into God's people. In many ways, circumcision was like Baptism; it was not a thing Jewish parents could imagine leaving out.
While it was hard for Mary and Joseph to see the foreskin cut off their 8-day old son, I wonder what it was like for Jesus. No baby could like the pain of circumcision. And yet this was a strange case, for the same God who commanded circumcision to his Israelite people now has to suffer it under His own command!
It's mind-boggling. And yet it's a good preview of the future. Because this is what Jesus is going to do on the cross, some 30 years in the future, he is going to suffer and die a death that he chose before he was ever incarnate as a human being. God willingly chooses to suffer what God ordained ahead of time.
I can't fully grasp the wonder of what Jesus has done for us. But that doesn't matter. He knows what He is doing, and He invites us not to understand but to trust Him.
Please pray with me for today: Lord Jesus, help me entrust myself to You, my Savior. In your blessed name, I pray. Amen.