Sunday, January 1, 2012

Circumcision of Christ (Holy Name of Jesus): His name shall be called. . .

Opening Sentence
Behold, the dwelling of God is with mankind. He will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will
be with them, and be their God. Revelation 21:3

Commemoration: Holy Name of Jesus
Eternal Father, who 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.

Psalter: Psalm 103

Lessons: Isaiah 62:1-5, 10-12; Revelation 19:11-16; Matthew 1:18-25

Why then do they not call him Emmanuel instead of Jesus Christ? Because the text says not "you shall call" but "his name shall be called." This means that the multitude and the outcome of the events themselves will cause him to be called Emmanuel. For here he puts the event as a name. This is customary in Scripture, to substitute names for the actual events. Therefore to say, "they shall call him 'Emmanuel'" means nothing else than that they shall see God among us. Admittedly, God has always been among us, but never before so openly.


For Unto Us a Child is Born