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Matthew 1:18-25 - God has definitely Spoken in the Birth of Christ - Part 4 of 4

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Uploaded on Dec 1, 2010

In Matthew 1:18-25 we see a divine perspective (the correct perspective) on God's activity. We must trust that the biblical Authors explain and interpret the actions of God in this world. We see that according to the Bible that God has spoken most definitively in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. God may have spoken in other ways but we must never placed any experience with angles or miraculous sings in the sky over the priority of Christ and his gospel as revealed in Scripture. God has definitively spoke to you in the person of Jesus, His Gospel and His birth, but many want to have a spirituality apart from Jesus this Christmas.

There are a couple ways see see the God definitively speaking in the birth of Christ. First, we see that God spoke definitively in the birth of Jesus because it is portrayed in a unique birth -- virgin birth. It is different from Fantasy and mythology of the time of the day it was written. Even though Zeus is said to have impregnated a human, there is a lot of false myth around it. All non-christian stories of virgin births are the opposite of the one we find in Matthew's Gospel. They are all filled with sin, and wronging doing by the god that participates, whereas in Matthew's account, we do not get that perspective. Even though we can read of amazing births that are recorded n Scripture (Isaac, Samson, Samuel, John the baptist, etc.) none of them compare with the virgin birth of Jesus.

Secondly, we see that God spoke definitively in the birth of Jesus because it is portrayed in a unique salvation for His people. Both Marry and Joseph carefully obeyed the command of God and maintained sexual purity. We know that in giving birth to Jesus Mary believe that salvation would come to all generations (see Luke 1:48). Even thought Joseph could have preferred public charges against Marry for Adultery which might have ended in death or banishment (see Deut. 22:22-24), he still loved her and desired to give her a divorce quietly. Mary and Joseph were Betrothed to be married but were betrothed couples were considered married even thought they did not live together yet or had consummated the marriage sexually. Divorce was the requirement in this period of betrothal. God in becoming man in Jesus Christ, was born to save his people from their sins, even Joseph's. Joseph became convinced of Mary's innocence when an angel told him so.

Thirdly, we see that God spoke definitively in the birth of Jesus because it is portrayed in a unique announcement. Gabrielle comes to Joseph in a dream and tells him to name him "Jesus" (which means God's saves) will saved his people. God communicates that men should not trust in chariots, prestige, reputation, etc. but in Christ to become right with their creator God. God will save people from their sin (the greatest evil) and for the possessing the greatest good (God himself). The announcement from the angel told him not to be afraid but to take Mary as his wife.

Fourthly, we see that God spoke definitively in the birth of Jesus because it is portrayed in a unique confirmation. Matthew summarizes his experience with recognizing that Jesus' birth is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 7:14 (read 7:1-16). Ahaz had reinstated the worship of Moelch. The king of Syria (Rezin) and King of Israel (Pekah) had decided to remove Ahaz and replace him with a king that would do their bidding. Isaiah comes to Ahaz and reported that God would deliver the people, but Ahaz refuses to listen to him. So Isiah gives him another test and prophecy about a virgin born (Isiah uses the word "alma" -- which means a young woman which in this context can only be understood here as a virgin. Matthew rightly uses the world "bethulah" (virgin) to show that Jesus is the single referent as the fulfillment of this prophecy (even though some fine a double referent to a woman at the time of King Ahaz) in being the Messiah, King, Savior.

finally, we see that God spoke definitively in the birth of Jesus because it is portrayed in a proper reaction. Joseph obeyed God. His faith was in God's revelation of himself and will which is always the proper interpretation of events in this world. Joseph honored Mary and took her as his wife in a public ceremony even at the risk of his reputation. Joseph honored God in not having sex with Mary until after Jesus was born and called his name "Jesus."

God has spoken definitively and finally through Jesus. Are you listen to Christ or trying to be spiritual apart from knowing Christ? Your answer determines where you will spend eternity.

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