God’s presence in Christmas
Brother Pablo Molina
Matthew 1:18-25 (ESV)
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,
25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Have you ever been in a room where one of those present “Is not there”? That is the what some relationships are. In a close relationship, the opposite is true.
The four Gospels are filled with stories about Jesus.
We will look at the one found in v.20-23.
This is a very well-known one.
Joseph is engaged to marry Mary. They are from Nazareth a very unimportant city in Israel. The prophecy said that a virgin will be found to be pregnant. He is 100% sure that it is not his child.
The angel tells him to take Mary as his wife but to not touch her until the baby is born. The angel also tells him the name to give the newborn and the meaning of that name.
We can see that God has gone to extraordinary length to be in a relationship with us.
Christmas is this: God is with us.
God promises His Christmas presence.
All this was to fulfill what the Prophet said: v.22.
The unexpected news was part of God’s plan: Isa. 7:14
Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
God personalizes His presence.
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means God with us). This is personal.
For a Christian, Christmas should be every day in celebration of God sending His only Son to die for us on the cross so our sins could be forgiven.