The Taser's Edge


The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Luke 2:21–“And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”

The following video is of a contemporary circumcision service.  Even though this one is obviously recent (handheld jittery camera and all), I find myself assuming that the energy around Jesus’ circumcision service would have been very similar–family, friends, people who don’t normally show up to synagogue, people who don’t know the service all that well, with joy, with a remembrance of the past, and a looking toward the future (although I suppose less family for Jesus, if they were still in Bethlehem).  Don’t worry, not too graphic, but there is some blood (and the actual cut is at 4:42, if you just don’t want to see/hear it, but remember that this is a public worship service).

Of course, Christians call today Holy Name Day instead of Holy Circumcision Day, and this is incredibly important.  Jesus’ name was given before he was conceived (Jesus [Gk]= Yeshua [Heb.] = Salvation/Savior [Eng.]), and the Scriptures are covered with references to the importance of the Name(s) of God.  But it is also Jesus’ Circumcision Day.  He was a normal Jewish boy, and he had a penis, and a cry did he make when the local mohel removed his foreskin.

The Holy Name
Eternal Father, you gave to your incarnate son the holy name of Jesus to be the sign of our salvation: Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.