Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Birth of Jesus part 2

Matthew 1:20-25

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

There are only a few angelic visitations in the New Testament, most of which are associated with Christ’s birth. When the angel appeared to Joseph he told him not to fear what was happening to Mary and gave him instruction that the Child’s name would be called, “JESUS.” The name Jesus, actually means “Saviour” coming from the Hebrew name Joshua (Jehovah is Salvation). In the days of Mary and Joseph, there were no special machines to tell a child’s gender only the miraculous working of God through an angel could bring such remarkable news.
Many, so called Bible scholars, have tried to dispute whether the Hebrew term in Isaiah 7:14 actually means “virgin”  or maiden, I would like to assure you, it does mean “virgin.” The supernatural birth of Jesus is the only way to account for the life that He lived here on earth before sinful men. Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Immanuel means “GOD WITH US” which describes who He is and distinguishes Him above all others. 
Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.  The word “know or knew” is a euphemism for sexual intimacy, a mild or indirect expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt. Joseph did not have a sexual relationship with his wife before the Christ Child was born which reinforces the truth of Jesus’ divine conception.

Thought:  Philippians 2:9-11 says: Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Our Lord has a name, that name is Jesus, in which one day all will bow their knee and confess that He is Lord to the glory of God. The Word of God promised that the Son of God would come to dwell with man in human flesh and live a life of supernatural power as our Saviour and coming King. During this special time of year, remember Him for whom this holiday is set aside for and that His name, “IMMANUEL” undoubtedly means, “GOD WITH US.”

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