Matthew 1:18–25 (ESV)
The Birth of Jesus Christ
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.
Eve, I break away from my readings to get to the real reason for Christmas. Christmas is about Jesus Christ and his plan of Salvation for you. I have watched too many Christmas programs, movies, etc... and they have missed the point! They
say it is about love, or sharing, or ... No, it is about Jesus! Our World is afraid of offending others, or are simply clueless about Christ and his plan of Salvation. As Christians, this is a prime time to share Jesus. My family
has had the tradition of reading Luke 2 on Christmas Day. We also have a birthday cake (well, usually banana bread or something similar). I know my family has done this all the way back to when I was a child, and my own have heard it every year.
I was happy to find out that my wife’s family had a similar tradition. I’m not going to dwell on the reading which is pretty clear, but what if Mary or Joseph simply said “NO”. Today, abortion clinics are operating in most
major cities. I think God was able to hand pick to “Yes” people... well, he is God! Thank you!
I pray: O Lord, I pray for healing for all those who are sick in this season, including
myself. I pray for all who are mourning the loss of loved ones, including the Joiner family whose funeral was today and my next door neighbor who lost his wife, Marilyn, yesterday. I pray for all who are out of work or having family problems.
Help us in this trying season to keep our eyes focused on Jesus, the founder and protector of our faith. I also pray for my friend, Rev. Dan Chambers, who is in constant pain and is paralyzed in the legs. Give him healing and strength, he
has been such an inspiration of faith in the midst of suffering. In all his pain, Dan would like to smile and share Jesus with whoever will listen. Jesus is the reason for the season. May the Lord bless you with his eternal love. Amen.