Jesus is circumcised on the eight day, and later is dedicated to the LORD and redeemed by his parents in accordance with the Law of Moses, since He was their firstborn.
At the dedication, Joseph and Mary meet Simeon who was promised he would not die until he had seen the Christ, and Anna – a 90-year-old prophetess who had been awaiting Israel’s redemption.
Zacharias’ blessing of his son, John the Baptist after his voice was restored at the baby’s circumcision. An examination of the Messianic prophecies Zacharias quotes in this blessing. A brief look at the name of Jesus – Dayspring – and the significance of this word, also translated “east” in Messianic prophecy.