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Matthew: The King and His Kingdom_Mt 1.18 25

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“The virgin birth of Christ is a key doctrine; for if Jesus Christ is not God come in sinless human flesh, then we have no Savior. Jesus had to be.” This quote from Pastor/Bible teacher Warren W. Wiersbe strikes at the very core of the Christian faith. Sceptics throughout the ages have questioned the miraculous conception and virgin birth of Jesus Christ. Their unbelief and criticism should not make us doubt. The testimony of Mary is that Jesus was miraculously conceived. So, let us be strengthened because we serve the God of miracles who spoke creation into existence (Gen. 1:1) and sent the Holy Spirit to come upon Mary along with the power of the Most High to overshadow her (Lk. 1:35). In order that she would bear a son and call him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins (Matt. 1:21). The greatest gift this Christmas season is that God has come in the flesh (Jn. 1:14).

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Matthew: The King and His Kingdom_Mt 1.18 25

  1. 1. The Annunciation to Joseph Matthew 1:18-25
  2. 2. First Point Joseph’s Character Matthew 1:18-19
  3. 3. • His justice is demonstrated in his intention to obey the Law of Moses. Joseph was a just man
  4. 4. Joseph was a just man • His justice is demonstrated in his intention to obey the Law of Moses. • His justice is demonstrated in his mercy and kindness.
  5. 5. Second Point The Angelic Message Matthew 1:20-21
  6. 6. Annunciation to Joseph • Joseph has a dream in which an angel of the Lord appears to him. • The angel delivers a message to Joseph. Annunciation to Mary • The angel Gabriel “came to Mary”. • Gabriel and Mary have a dialogue. Both Joseph and Mary Obey the Angelic Message
  7. 7. Annunciation to Joseph “…for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:20b Annunciation to Mary “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the child to be borne will be called holy—the Son of God. Luke 1:25b
  8. 8. Third Point Matthew’s Insight Matthew 1:22-23
  9. 9. Isaiah 7:14 A Sign to Ahaz Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 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). Matthew 1: A Sign to Us
  10. 10. The Believability of the Virgin Birth “Grant me Genesis 1:1 and I’llhave no difficulty with Isaiah 7:14 orthe rest of the Bible.”
  11. 11. Fourth Point Joseph’s Response Matthew 1:24-25
  12. 12. 3 Lessons from Joseph 1. “He took her as his wife” – Costly Obedience.
  13. 13. 3 Lessons from Joseph 1. “He took her as his wife” – Costly Obedience. 2. “He knew her not” – Delayed Gratification.
  14. 14. 3 Lessons from Joseph 1. “He took her as his wife” – Costly Obedience. 2. “He knew her not” – Delayed Gratification. 3. “He called his name Jesus” – Total Surrender.

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