21 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. 22 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 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 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 is circumcised, named and presented to the Lord. While circumcision is a parental decision not a religious decision nowadays, although we are to be circumcised in heart, naming and presenting/dedicating our children is very important.
Naming speaks to the character, personality and nature of a child. God commonly changed the name of someone after an encounter with Him.
Jesus was also presented to the Lord. This act of dedication was made by the parents in thanksgiving to God for the child as well as to dedicate themselves to bringing the child up to know the Lord.
For each us, irrespective of what our parents may or may not have done, dedicating ourselves to knowing and following Christ is very important. Making a decision deep on the inside to obey Jesus whatever the cost, consecrating ourselves to a life of purity and purpose in pursuing the will of God is an important action.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta