Today’s Reading: Luke 2:21
“And at the end of eight days, after He was circumcised, He was called the named Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.“ (St. Luke 2:21)
Merry Christmas! In the Name of Jesus. Amen. Mourn your sins today. Repent of them. Make them part of your past. Begin the new year by receiving the Christmas gift of Baby Jesus’ blood.
The Virgin’s Son shed His blood for you today. He took upon Himself the Law. He was circumcised on the eighth day to fulfill the Law. He was marked as a child of God. He was cut. He kept the testament of Abraham. He bled in your place.
God doesn’t dismiss His Law. He doesn’t abolish it. If He did, we’d still have to worry about the Law coming back and accusing us. No, God did far better: He fulfilled the Law in Christ.
Jesus obeyed every Law, perfectly. He fulfilled every precept and ordinance. And He counts what He does as if you are the one who did it. He shows His love for you by doing what He did for you.
What good news! If Jesus fulfilled the Law in your place, then you have no need to justify yourself before God by what you do! He’s already done everything you could do, and more! Can you be better than Jesus? Can you be more perfect? You don’t have to be! His being good and perfect counts for you.
But that’s only half the good news! He also leaves no condemnation for you to endure. He, Himself, suffered the punishment for the Law that you have not kept. Every sin, every transgression, every bit of guilt of the whole world was put upon Jesus.
To save you, Jesus kept the Law that He commands of you and freed you from having to keep His commandments. He put Himself under the Law to rescue you from being under the Law. He suffered the punishment for your sins on the Cross. God has no punishment left in His tank for you, because Jesus is born to save you, to do His Name, to be the Lord who saves. The name given to the Baby means, “The Lord saves.” He is born to save you from your sins.
Mourn your sins. Repent of them. Today, Jesus begins His keeping of the Law for you. He suffered for your sins even as a Baby. He was born to keep the Law and shed His blood for you. Then, rejoice! Take and eat His Body and Blood. Be forgiven, for Jesus has done His Name for you again and saved you! Merry Christmas! In the Name of Jesus. Amen.