Devotion for the Eighth Day of Christmas

peace-love-joy_piccolaLuke 2:21-24 (NASB)
21 And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. 22 And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

On the Eighth Day of Christmas we remember Jesus’ circumcision eight days after His birth. Jesus was King of kings and Lord of lords, very God of very God, yet His earthly family followed the rules of Judaism and had him circumcised and presented in the Temple as any other human child. If God Himself followed the Law, how much more should we do God’s will. He gives us grace when we need it, and we all need it, but we should make an effort to do His will, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Heavenly Father, even Your blessed Son followed the dictates of the Law. Give us the will, the strength, and the courage to follow Your laws and live according to Your will. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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