Presented by: Pastor Lynden on December 24, 2017.

God speaks to you and me through his word and brings peace and joy so that we can have the life that he promised, that we can live a life of abundance.

Matthew 1:18-25 New King James Version (NKJV)

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

Jewish law required that an unmarried woman who had committed adultery should be stoned to death. But Joseph was a just man and did not want to make a public spectacle of his wife, Mary because she was already pregnant before their wedding.

An angel came to Joseph and explained that the child, Jesus was the promised messiah and that he should not put Mary away because she was blessed with the promise of God. Mary and Joseph are walking out the promises of God.