,,,”an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus which means the Lord saves, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21
Exposure: Read Matthew 1, notice the opening chapter of the New Testament (I will often speed read through the genealogies verses 1-16) to get to the account of Joseph, the earthly father God chose for His Son.
Exploration: Consider how the weight of generations of expectations (vs. 17 fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah) affected Joseph's ability to step into such an awesome role. What do you think was going through Joseph's mind when the angel showed up and told them about Jesus?
Expression: How would you have felt if you were Joseph? Think about or discuss with a friend what this announcement meant to Joseph and to all of us.
Experience: Have you had an experience where God asked you to do something that seemed ridiculous? Make a plan this Christmas season to do something ridiculous that you know God wants you to do.
This Sunday at all 5 services Pastor Derek and I will be kicking off our new Christmas message series “No Fear” we will look at the account of the Gabriel the angel making the most important announcement to Mary. Be sure to be there!
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