Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Birth of Jesus Christ


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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.
Matthew 1:18-23, New King James Version

Birth of Jesus Christ

We are very familiar with the birth of Christ as told in the Gospel of Luke. Matthew contains a more succinct version of Christ's birth, this time from the perspective of Joseph. Mary and Joseph were betrothed (engaged), when Mary became pregnant. Joseph knew it was not his child, so he was going to divorce her privately. Even though just engaged, the betrothal could only be negated by a divorce.

Before this could be done, an angel appeared to Joseph 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. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”

We have no indication that Joseph had any doubts about the dream; we only know that he obeyed the words of the angel. "Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS."

Why was Joseph told to call the baby, Jesus? Why not, instead, call Him Christ? Each name has its own significance. Christ, the anointed One was to be called Jesus, meaning Savior. The anointed Savior had come to this earth to save a people for Himself, and would bring them safely to His eternal kingdom to live with Him forever.

Christ is All! Not one thing on this earth can even come close to our union with Christ. Take some time to reflect on that thought as you go about the duties of this day.

What a Savior!

God Bless You,
Linda

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