“Christ’s Necessary Identification with Us As Sinners Since After His Birth 自基督出生之後，祂與我們作為罪人之必须的認同“（Luke 路加福音2:21-24）
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived. When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord’), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: ‘a pair of doves or two young pigeons’.
Jesus, Mary’s firstborn son, was not born in sin, i.e. was a lamb without blemish and without spot. He could have been excused from the circumcision and purification ceremonies which were necessary as a reminder that we are all born in sin. Yet, we see Jesus, even as a baby after a week, identifying with sinners as He also later did at His baptism and on the cross. This all happened before the ‘wise’ men came from the east because Joseph and Mary would not have offered only two birds (the offering of the poor who could not afford a lamb and a bird instead) after receiving the rich gifts from them.
Prayer: Abba Father, thank you for the faithful examples of Joseph and Mary being truly devout, obedient parents observing your commands and so did Lord Jesus who, to our great surprise and adoration, began to bear the sins of many in the temple since that day. It is beyond our imagination that He continued every day to lead a life of pain, shame and blood shedding for us and for our children, till He finished on the cross the sin-atoning work you had given Him to do. May we respond to Christ’s amazing grace and love with our loving obedience to Him and His words. Amen.