Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Circumcision

Feast of the Circumcision

Christ fulfilled the law and showed His descent according to the flesh from Abraham by being circumcised on the eighth day from His birth. At this time He also received His name: Jesus, which means "Savior."

He submitted to the Mosaic Dispensation not because He was subject to the law, but that He might redeem those who were under the law - that we might receive the adoption of sons.

To fulfill all justice, He endured this humiliation and bore in His body the stigma of the sins which He had taken upon Himself.

His Circumcision was the first time He shed His blood for us. The small amount of blood lost in this ceremony was enough to redeem all of the human race from their sins. Being the generous God, however, Jesus was not content with a sufficient amount -- to better demonstrate His love for us, He lived an entire life of sacrificial love that culminated in His death on the cross, Blessed Be His Name Forever.

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