Today we’re going to dig further into the story of Jesus’ birth. Blanket? Drink? Fire in the fireplace? Now that we have everything we need and we’re comfortable, let’s jump in.

Let’s talk about Joseph, the man Mary was engaged to. When Mary told Joseph, she was pregnant just as the angel described, he was going to break the engagement because that was the appropriate thing for a righteous man to do. He didn’t want to cause her further shame so he was going to quietly break the engagement.

Matthew 1:20-21 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message in Isaiah 7:14 in day one.

Matt. 1:24-25 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel commanded and took Mary as his wife. But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus. Here I go, getting ahead of myself again. But you needed to hear that Joseph did as God commanded on both accounts, naming the son Jesus and marrying Mary.

Luke 2: 1-5 The Roman emperor, Augustus, declared that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. Everyone had to return to their own ancestral towns to register for the census. Because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled to Bethlehem from Nazareth in Galilee. He took Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.

Luke 2: 6-7While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary’s baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

The fact that God sent His Son Jesus speaks to the measure that we’ve been loved: Not only was the Son willing to come to save us from ourselves and our sin, the Father was willing to send Him to accomplish that eternal purpose. What more could ever be said about the wonder of divine love than this: “The Father has send his Son to be the Savior of the world” (1John 4:14)

Christmas has been called “the season of love.” It’s true – and it’s Jesus’ great love that we celebrate!

. . . Don’t fret…..There’s more. Join me tomorrow as we hear about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ ❤  It’s the end of this story but the beginning of His story ❤

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