Today’s Reading: Luke 2:21
Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 61:1-11; Luke 1:57-80

And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:21)

In the Name + of Jesus. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Today Jesus spills blood for sinners for the first time, when He is circumcised. Here He fulfills the Law for us by submitting to the Law’s pain and blood. He will do so again, 30 years later on Calvary, when He is under the Law on the cross and sheds His blood for sinners to save them.

That’s what His name means, you know: “The Lord saves.” The very name “Jesus” means you don’t save yourself, God saves you. And He does it by His only-begotten Son being born in the flesh, being circumcised and baptized, tempted and tortured, crucified and dead and risen.

You can’t mistake what Jesus does with a name like “The Lord Saves!” His name doesn’t mean “Save yourself” or “He’s a really great guy to get to know” or “He’ll be your best friend.” Nope. The Lord saves. That’s what “Jesus” means. That means He’s your Savior. He’s got it covered by His life, death and resurrection, by Baptism, Word, Body and Blood. That’s how He does His saving of you.

On the day when many make resolutions about all the things they want to try to change, take comfort in this: Your unchanging Savior has resolved, before you were even born, to come into this world and be your Savior. While the resolutions of men fade quickly and are forgotten, your being covered by the blood of Jesus reminds the Father that He has resolved to love you and forgive you and give you everlasting life. There’s a resolution that counts and matters!

On the day the New Year begins, rejoice that in Christ, you already have been given a new birth and a new life in Him. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

He undertakes a great exchange, Puts on our human frame, And in return gives us His realm, His glory, and His name, His glory, and His name. (Let All Together Praise Our God, LSB 389:4)

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