Week Six – Day 1
Matthew 1:20-22 “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. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:” (Matthew 1:20-22)
O – Jesus’ birth is foretold by the angel to Joseph – after he realizes that Mary is pregnant. He planned to divorce her quietly, but was told that she conceived by the Holy Spirit, not another man. He was told what to name the baby – Jesus. A common name. “Salvation.” He will save his people from their sins. Not just the Jewish people – but His people. All those who believe in Him! This fulfilled prophecy – “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means God with us.)” (Isaiah 7:14)
A – Joseph was trying to do the “honorable” thing – to divorce Mary quietly, as she “evidently” had been with another man. He is told of being “righteous.” But, his plans were diverted by the angel, who told him what really was happening – Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit, she was a virgin, and that she would bear the Saviour – “God with us.” His name – Jesus – Salvation. He believed the unbelievable. He married Mary. He stayed by her side. He named their son – Jesus.
Do I act in faith when the circumstances don’t match what I “believe” to be true? Do I act on the Holy Spirit’s prompting, despite what those around me might think? Do I go through my day, with the knowledge (and actions) that support my belief in the Jesus – the Savior of the world, my Savior? May I, today, walk through the day, with my actions showing my belief in Him – my Savior. May they reflect His love, His glory, His saving power, not only for me, but for His people – all people.
P – Father God, thank You for sending Jesus, our salvation, our Savior. Thank You for including me in Your plan of His saving grace, His forgiveness. May I live, today, in full knowledge and power of Your saving grace. May I bestow His love on others today.
Even while Jesus is in Mary’s womb, the angel declares that his name will be Yeshua (here in its Greek form Iesous, translated “Joshua” in the Old Testament and Jesus in the New), which means “salvation.” Jesus would bear this name because he would save his people from their sins (1:21). Jesus’ other acts of “salvation” (8:25; 9:22; 10:22; the Greek term is broad in meaning) point to his ultimate redemption of his people. One who expounds this paragraph in public thus may want to echo Matthew’s call to accept Christ’s salvation.
But Matthew speaks of more than personal repentance; he evokes the Old Testament hope of the salvation of God’s people, including the justice and peace of God’s kingdom. For Matthew, and for us, salvation from sin cannot end with a prayer. Matthew promises salvation not only from sin’s penalty but also from its power. Christ’s followers are not merely heirs of his coming kingdom but servants of the King, committed to exemplifying the values of that future world in the midst of this present evil age. (IVP NT Commentary –biblegateway.com)
Son of God (Michael W. Smith)- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9n7QDFAOXU
Sweet Little Jesus Boy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp9fiWs_txY
God with Us/Sweet Little Jesus Boy- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tN0UQ3mTtFI