DAY 17

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. 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 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

// Luke 2:21-24

Jesus was only eight days old when He was circumcised, as the Mosaic Law prescribed. The number eight, in the Scriptures, speaks of new beginnings and circumcision speaks of consecration. According to Mosaic Law, the firstborn male that opens the womb belongs to the Lord and is consecrated as holy to Him. That means Christ, as revealed here, becomes the Lord’s own, because when God gave Moses the Law He was thinking of how His Son would come to fulfill and satisfy the Law.

Whenever God does a new thing in our lives He is offering to us a new beginning, and it’s always meant to consecrate us to Himself. His new work brings us afresh to a place of being wholly His, which means all of our problems, pain and difficulties, as well as our victories and our obedience, all belong to Him. He doesn’t just consecrate us, but also all that concerns us. All of it becomes holy to the Lord, which means all of our mess and our triumphs become wholly His. That’s good news!

Jesus was Mary’s firstborn child and also a son, which means He was born holy to the Lord. According to Paul, when we are born again we are born into Jesus, and there we remain. Why does that matter? Because all we need to do in order to be holy is to be born into Christ – He who came as the Spotless Lamb, by nature, and was consecrated holy to the Lord, by law. Jesus is both legally and by nature holy; when we are born again, we get in on His deal. We are holy by birth, not by actions. That means we can’t do anything to lose our holiness and blamelessness in the eyes of God.

Can we mess up and sin? Sure. Can we live unholy lives? Yup. But who would want to do that when we really understand the Good News of the Gospel, which is simply this: Jesus was born holy to God and we were re-born in Jesus, and there’s nothing we can do to undo it. Jesus is holiness itself, incarnate in flesh, and so by our new births we are too. 

We are born holy when we are born again, so we have no reason to carry about shame, fear or sin, because now we’re too occupied with journeying into God’s heart to understand His great gift of salvation, given to us in Christ. His salvation in us gives us a brand new start, and we re-start as holy before Him.