Matthew 1 is wonderful, tradition inspiring narrative:
- a miraculous pregnancy
- the suspicious fiance
- an angelic messenger
- the single powerful name of JESUS
The promise of Christmas is the promise of the Good News.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”Matthew 1:21
Lots of words will be thrown around this Christmas seasons.
From hearty greetings to shopping store cliches, let all that noise pass you by.
Don’t get distracted:
JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON.
Don’t miss the REASON for JESUS.
All of us need a recuse, a bail-out, a miracle far greater than the virgin birth.
Our problem transcends this earthy realm and required help from the heavens.
That’s exactly what God sent.
The final soluntion for our sins – a baby born with a great and terrible mission.
Enjoy the traditions of Christmas, but don’t let the noise drown out this powerful promise.
Jesus has come to save his people from their sin.
JESUS my SAVIOR and SOLUTION for my sin.
Remind me of my need for you.
Stir up memory and regret to show me my faults.
Break down my reliance on religion, morality, and reputation.
This Christmas I trust wholly in your name.
Key Question for Reflection
What distractions keep you from the savior?
Matthew 1:18-25 NIV
Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
Matthew 1:18-25 NIV on Bible Gateway
Bible Study on Matthew 1
This devotion and personal Bible study will remind you of the great need of JESUS to be the SAVIOR. This reflection is based on Matthew 1:18-25 NIV