12/11/18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born.

Matthew 1:18-23
This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiance, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of he Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son , and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through His prophet. “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means God with us.”

There were three steps in a Jewish marriage in the time period when the Lord Jesus was born. First the families agreed to the marriage. Secondly an announcement would be made and the couple would be engaged – to break an engagement death or divorce would need to occur. Then the couple would be married and would live together. Joseph did not want to disgrace Mary because she was pregnant and wanted to divorce her and break their engagement. As he pondered this – and angel of the Lord appeared to him. God sent down one of His angels to explain to Joseph what had happened and to tell him to take Mary as his wife. Because Jesus was born of a virgin and was the Son of God, He was born without human sin. The prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled in Jesus birth.

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12/10/18 And you child will be called the prophet of the Highest.

The father of John the Baptist, Zacharias was rendered mute when the angel of the Lord – Gabriel spoke to him about the coming birth of a son to him. His disbelief was the reason for it. He wrote on a writing tablet that his son’s name would be named John as Gabriel had told him it would be. He was able to speak again and through the Holy Spirit began to prophesy about who John would be.

And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, saying, “His name is John.” So they all marveled. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, praising God. Then fear came on all who dwelt around them; and all these sayings were discussed throughout all the hill country of Judea. And all those who heard them kept them in their hearts, saying, “What kind of child will this be?” And the hand of the Lord was with him.

Luke 1:67-80
67 Zacharias’ Prophecy
Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:

68 “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited and redeemed His people,
69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of His servant David,
70 As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets,
Who have been since the world began,
71 That we should be saved from our enemies
And from the hand of all who hate us,
72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers
And to remember His holy covenant,
73 The oath which He swore to our father Abraham:
74 To grant us that we,
Being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.
76 “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways,
77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people
By the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Dayspring from on high has visited[e] us;
79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
80 So the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.

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12/9/18 “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?”

With hearts and minds on Jesus through this sacred time of year I would like to focus on the Herod’s. What a role they played throughout the life of and after Jesus’s death. Herod the “great”. Herod Antipas, Herod Agrippa I and Herod Agrippa II. These men were in power in the Roman empire in the lifetime on earth of Jesus and His disciples. How they persecuted them and how they ordered their deaths and had them martyred. However – the Gospel went out despite these rulers who would have had it some other way. How are our lives – either like the disciples of Jesus or unlike them? Will the Gospel go out no matter what?? These men gladly gave their lives to further the Gospel. That we could be even a little like them. Abba Father might we give our all to our savior. Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.

Matthew 2:1-5
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

Luke 13:31-35
At that very hour some Pharisees came, and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. Nevertheless I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

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12/7/18 “Look, the virgin will conceive a child! “

Matthew 1:18-23
This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiance, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. As he considered this, an angel of he Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son , and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through His prophet. “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means God with us.”

There were three steps in a Jewish marriage in the time period when the Lord Jesus was born. First the families agreed to the marriage. Secondly an announcement would be made and the couple would be engaged – to break an engagement death or divorce would need to occur. Then the couple would be married and would live together. Joseph did not want to disgrace Mary because she was pregnant and wanted to divorce her and break their engagement. As he pondered this – and angel of the Lord appeared to him. God sent down one of His angels to explain to Joseph what had happened and to tell him to take Mary as his wife. Because Jesus was born of a virgin and was the Son of God, He was born without human sin. The prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled in Jesus birth.

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