Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.  Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.
But just when he had resolved to do 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 as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
      “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.


  From Rev. Rodney Hubbs, First Christian Church, McMechen:

After reading this scripture countless times in my life, I can’t help but ask some questions.  Did Joseph realize what a great honor he was given?  What a wonderful thought, holding our Lord and Savior in the palm of his hands.  Words cannot express how just the thought of this makes me feel.  Another question that comes to mind is, do we realize what this season is really about?   So many people seem to think this is the time of the year is only about parties and having a good time, exchanging gifts with one another.  We should never forget that this is the season that celebrates the birth of our Savior. 

We serve a wonderful, forgiving God.  Let us not forget that He sent His only son to this world to save our sinful souls.  Brothers and sisters, it is my plea that we set the example to the world that there is more to this season than receiving gifts and having parties.  Come, let us adore Him!

Father in heaven, thank you for sending your son, Jesus,
to save our sinful souls.