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By undergoing circumcision, Christ acknowledged himself to be the slave of the law abolished by him, but the shadow of the ceremony was applied to his own body, that it might shortly afterwards come to an end. For though the abrogation of it depends on the death and resurrection of Christ, yet it was a sort of prelude to it, that the Son of God submitted to be circumcised.

 

Source: Calvin on Luke 2:21

 

Perhaps similar to how Jesus undergoing baptism is to fulfil all righteousness. Jesus’ baptism, like his circumcision, relates to both his identification with sinful people and to his death on the cross.

 

Perhaps not enough is made of the significance of Jesus’ circumcision as it relates to both his identification with sinners and his work on the cross.

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