Thursday, December 21, 2017

Matthew 1:18-22

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

 

Matthew refers us to Isaiah 7:14 where the prophet Isaiah prophesied to Ahaz, King of Judah when he was beset with his enemies, that God promised a redeemer. When we read the passage in Isaiah, we find that King Ahaz was victorious, but it doesn’t really go into the prophesy about Emmanuel. God is showing His view of eternity, that it is continuous while man’s view (our view) is usually about the here and now. The predicament we’re currently facing. God is always offering us an opportunity to trust and believe Him, regardless of our current state. There is an everlasting eternal hope. God does care about our situations, struggles, and concerns. Even from the beginning.

 

When Adam disobeyed and ate the apple, before God pronounced judgment on Adam (man) “in the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat bread…”, and to Eve (woman) “multiply they sorrow and thy conception…” He first pronounced judgment on Satan, and told him of his fate “ And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” This is not only a judgment of Satan, but a hope to us. Satan will not be the winner. This prophecy about the Messiah, Emmanuel, Jesus was given at the beginning, it is carried out many times in the old testament such as the passage in Isaiah, and it came true in the gospel of Matthew.

 

But that’s not the end, because God’s word is everlasting, that promise continues today to us “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:39.

 

Prayer

God my Father, thank you for Jesus, the fulfillment of your promise to Adam and Eve. Thank you for your Son who conquered sin and death. You are Faithful to keep your promises which are, in Jesus. AMEN

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