As we continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the devotion for this morning is based Luke 2:22-24, "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."
It was time to head to Jerusalem. Jesus was 40 days old and the firstborn son of His mother. The Law of Moses said that such children belonged to the Lord, on account of God having saved them from death during the days of the Exodus from Egypt.
Mary was also there for another reason—for purification after childbirth. To get back into ordinary life, she needed to make an offering. Once the offerings were completed, the young family could head home—everyone safely redeemed and purified, ready to begin their new life together. Their sacrifices to the Lord made the difference.
We, too, need redemption and purification. We, too, need to be bought back, ransomed and set free to live that new life. Only then can we begin life as a family of God. Our offering is Jesus Himself. He is our offering, our sacrifice. Because of Him, we, too, are given a new life in the family of God.
Please pray with me: Dear Jesus, thank You for giving Yourself for us as a sacrifice so that we might be redeemed and brought into God's family. Amen.