As in the case of John three months earlier, Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day and officially named, even though Mary and Joseph had already been told by the angel that the Child’s name would be Jesus.
According to the Law of Moses, mothers were required to go through a period of purification after the birth of each child (forty days for a male and eighty days for a female child). At the end of this purification, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. While in the temple, they met a man named Simeon, who had been told “by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.” There are people who do not believe that Jesus is the Christ. If they are correct, Simeon is still living and is a very old man.