God's Greatest Gift For Us
Scriptures: Matthew 1:18 - 21 (ESV)
Introduction: I want to take the next few minutes to share about God's greatest gift for us. I want to share about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. I want to touch on the following points: 1. A Virgin birth - (No Human Contact), 2. Unwilling to shame Mary, 3. Seeking to protect Mary and 4. The Angel reveals the unborn Child's name and mission.
1. A Virgin birth - (No Human Contact)
Mat 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
The birth of Jesus Christ was unlike any of the births ever mentioned for her conception came via the Holy Spirit. What made this so unique was the fact that this birth took place without a human father participating in it at all. The facts surrounding this miraculous conception are stated with dignity and simplicity. Mary had been promised in marriage to Joseph, but the wedding had not yet taken place. Notice that in New Testament times, betrothal was a form of engagement (but more binding than engagement today) and it could be only broken by divorce. Although an engaged couple did not live together until the marriage ceremony, unfaithfulness on the part of the betrothed was treated as adultery and punishable by death.
2. Unwilling to shame Mary
Mat 1:19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
Even Joseph did not yet know the true explanation of Mary's condition. He might have been indignant at his fiancée on two counts: First, her apparent unfaithfulness to him; and second, though innocent, he would almost inevitably be accused of complicity. His love for Mary and desire for justice led him to decide to break the betrothal by a quiet divorce. He wished to avoid the public disgrace which normally accompanied such an action.
3. Seeking to protect Mary
Mat 1:20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
While this gentle and deliberate man was mapping his strategy to protect Mary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. The salutation, “Joseph, son of David,” was doubtless designed to stir up the consciousness of his royal pedigree and to prepare him for the unusual advent of Israel's Messiah-King. He should have no misgivings about marrying Mary. Any suspicions concerning her purity were groundless. Her pregnancy was a miracle of the Holy Spirit.
4. The Angel reveals the unborn Child's name and mission
Mat 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
We now see in verse 21 that the angel now reveals the unborn Child's sex, name, and mission. Mary would bear a Son. He was to be named JESUS, (which means “Jehovah is salvation” or “Jehovah, the Savior”). And true to His Name, He would save His people from their sins. This Child of destiny was Jehovah Himself, visiting earth to save people from the penalty of sin, from the power of sin, and eventually from the very presence of sin. He would come to set the captives free, to usher in the favor of the Lord God upon mankind, which is and was from the very beginning God's plan for humanity.
In closing, when we celebrate Christmas what we’re celebrating is more of Christ and less of us. May God bless you all and Merry Christmas to you all.