Readings for the Circumcision and Name of Jesus (Jan. 1)

                     Luke 2:21; Galatians 3:23-29; Numbers 6:22-27

What is the power behind a name? A name has power only if the person to whom that name is attached has proven himself to be reliable and trustworthy. The name “Jesus” means “The LORD saves”, and this is what we can count on him to do – without fail! We pray in Jesus’ name because we know he has power and will answer us (Lk 2).

You and I bear the name of “Christ-ian” because we belong to Christ through our baptism. As we live by faith in him, we bring honor to his name (Gal 3).

God instructed Moses and Aaron to bless the people by speaking His personal name over them. “The LORD bless you and keep you…”. The blessing is powerful and effective because of the One whose name it invokes (Num 6.)