At Christmastime, Mary gets most of the press after Jesus. It's understandable, since she was the only virgin to give birth. But Joseph is rather sidelined. So today we'll try to see the announcement of Jesus' birth through his eyes. His range of emotions follows a stressful gamut. But his example is helpful to any who receive hard-to-hear news.
From the teaching series Jesus: Celebrating All That He Is
|Matthew 1 (NKJV™)|
|18||Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.|
|19||Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.|
|20||But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.|
|21||"And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."|
|22||So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:|
|23||"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."|
|24||Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife,|
|25||and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
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We express our adoration of Jesus through dynamic worship and uncompromised obedience.
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We Believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teaching, His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal, visible return to earth.
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We Believe that Jesus Christ baptizes the seeking believer with the Holy Spirit and empowers the believers for service, often subsequent to regeneration.
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From the Series:
Jesus: Celebrating All That He Is
In this special series, Pastor Skip Heitzig offers a fresh look at the familiar story of Jesus' birth. As we consider Christmas from various vantage points, we receive a valuable reminder that He should be the center of not only our celebrations, but of our lives.