Week 4: Day 2- Matthew 1:20-23

20 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. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 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.

Matthew 1:20-23

Explanation

God intervened in the life of Joseph and Mary to make sure that they got married. God tells Joseph about how he had already intervened. The baby that is in Mary’s womb was conceived of the Holy Spirit. He quotes Isaiah 7:14.

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14

Immanuel means “God with us”. God come in the form of a man, a baby to live among us. The author of Hebrews said it this way:

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

Hebrews 1:1-2

God the Son came and revealed Himself to us.

The angel also told Joseph what to name the baby. “You shall call his name Jesus”. The Hebrew name “Yehoshua” which means Yaweh Saves. Why? He shall save His people from their sins.

Jesus came to reveal God to us and to save us from our sins. This is in His very name!

Application

God went to great lengths to provide salvation and make God known to His people. We should be willing as His ambassadors to go to great lengths as well. We should tell people that God has come, He has revealed Himself, and He has made provision for the forgiveness of sins.

Response

  1. Take some time today to thank God for His Son who revealed and who saves.
  2. Is there anyone this Christmas who you need to tell about this incredible news?
  3. What response do you have to this passage?

Week 4: Day 1- Matthew 1:18-19

(18) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
(19) Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

Matthew 1:18-19

Explanation

Jesus was conceived in Mary by the Holy Ghost. Joseph was not His biological father, but would have been traced through Joseph’s line in terms of lineage. Imagine the confusion and stress brought upon Joseph who had to decide what to do with a fiance who is pregnant but claims to be a virgin, conceived by God, and who understood her situation because she had been met by an angel. Joseph made the difficult decision to end the relationship without making her go through the shame and punishment that would come in that culture to an unwed mother. The scripture calls Joseph a just man, and called this character quality to the fore to describe his motivation for making this decision.

Application

Often there is a risk in doing the will of God. We may be seen differently by those around us than what we would prefer. Mary had to show faith in God by enduring the unknown here. Joseph, being a just man, had to endure the potential gossip and slander to take Mary to be his wife.

Yet at the same time, God provides for His people as they follow His plan. If God calls us to do something, He will equip us and protect us in the doing of it.

Inspiration

  1. Could you be accurately described as “just”?
  2. What could you do today to show right thinking in your immediate circumstance?

Prepare for Easter- Friday

Today is good Friday. Take a few moments to think about the following verses. Leave a comment with your impression and applications!

Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. (Matthew 27:26-54)

Accountable to God: Day 59

 

March 30, 2012
Today’s Text: Matthew 28:18-20
Today’s Key Thought: Jesus didn’t leave us without help in making disciples.

 

Jesus accompanied this incredibly important command with an incredible promise.  He said, “And lo, I am with you always, even until the end of the world.”  Wow!  Can you imagine what this meant to the disciples, who not too much earlier had probably thought that they would never see Jesus again?  Jesus tells them that He would never leave them.  As Christ followers we can rest assured that He will always be there to lead us.  As we point people to Him He will be there for them.  When we tell people that God will forgive their sins based on what Jesus did on the cross we are telling them the Truth, because God will keep His promises to them and to us.

 

Application:

 

How does knowing that Jesus will never leave us or forsake us affect you?  Will it help you to be more obedient to the command to make disciples or less?  Explain.