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Week 76

October 9th, 2017
 
God with Us
Matthew 1:18-25
 
Read
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 fiancé, 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 the 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 of 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 is with us.’” (Matthew 1:18-23)
 
Reflect
Why is the virgin birth important to the Christian faith? Jesus Christ, God’s Son, had to be free from the sinful nature passed on to all other human beings by Adam. Because Jesus was born of a woman, he was a human being; but, as the Son of God, Jesus was born without any trace of human sin. Jesus is both fully human and fully divine.

Jesus means “the LORD saves.” Jesus came to earth to save us because we can’t save ourselves from sin and its consequences. No matter how good we are, we can’t eliminate the sinful nature present in all of us. Only Jesus can do that. Jesus didn’t come to help people save themselves; he came to be their Savior from the power and penalty of sin.
 
Respond
Because Jesus lived as a man, you can feel confident that he fully understands your experiences and struggles (Hebrews 4:15-16). Because he is God, he has the power and authority to deliver you from temptation, fear, and insecurity—whatever you struggle with (Colossians 2:13-15). You can tell Jesus all of your thoughts, feelings, and needs. He has been where you are now, and he has the ability and the compassion to help. Go boldly before his throne of grace.
 
 
 
 
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