Lessons and Hymns for the Circumcision and Name of Jesus A

I bet you thought I forgot to post these this week–well, my wife and I went out of town for a few days and this is the first day I been anywhere close to the church.

These are the Scripture readings you will hear this coming Sunday:

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

The Lord Jesus Comes in the Flesh to Fulfill the Law for Us and Save Us from Our Sins

Circumcision is the covenant God made with Abraham and his seed. It sealed God’s promises and blessings in the flesh, but it also signified the burden of the Law. When the Lord Jesus came in the flesh to redeem His people, He subjected Himself to the Law in order to fulfill the Law and release all men from its captivity. “He was called Jesus” (Luke 2:21), because He came to save His people from their sins. He would shed His blood on their behalf, as He did already when “he was circumcised” (Luke 2:21). As He also sacrificed Himself upon the cross, you are “justified by faith” in His blood (Gal. 3:24). Therefore, “you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Gal. 3:29), not by the circumcision of your flesh, but in the flesh and blood of Christ Jesus, the true seed of Abraham. “Baptized into Christ,” you belong to Him and are clothed and covered by His righteousness (Gal. 3:27). Holy Baptism is the true circumcision made without hands, by which the Lord Jesus puts His name on you and blesses you (Num. 6:22, 27).

These are the hymns we will sing:

Hark the Herald Angels Sing (LSB 380)
Jesus! Name of Wondrous Love (LSB 900)
How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds LSB 524)
Children of the Heavenly Father (LSB 725)
Go, My Children, With My Blessing (LSB 922)

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