Christmas in Nazareth

Christmas in Nazareth

3 Steps in a Jewish Marriage Around the First Century

Engagement—this was usually made while children were young, and it was done by parents or through a professional matchmaker

Betrothal—this was kind of the approval of the engagement. 

Marriage—at that point everything is official and intimacy is allowed.

 “In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.  The virgin’s name was Mary.  The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored!  The Lord is with you.’”  “Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.’”  “‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’  The angel answered, ’The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.  For nothing is impossible with God.’”

“‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered.  ‘May it be to me as you have said.’   Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:26-38

3 Lessons in Obedience We Can Learn from Mary and

Joseph…

1.  BELIEVE GOD CAN DO THE __________.  

 “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”  Romans 15:4 

2.   REALIZE THAT OBEDIENCE REQUIRES __________.  

  • Your __________  

Luke 1:18-19 “This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.”

Hebrews 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

  • Your ________ 
  • Your Personal _________.  

“This is how you will be able to know whether it is God’s Spirit: anyone who acknowledges that Jesus Christ came as a human being has the Spirit who comes from God.  But anyone who denies this about Jesus does not have the Spirit from God” 1 John 4:2-3a (GN)

 “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’—which means, ‘God with us.’  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.  But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son.  And he gave him the name Jesus.” Matthew 1:22-25

3. BE WILLING TO BE ___________ BY GOD.

I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.”  Read Luke 1:38 (The Message) “I am the Lord’s maid, ready to serve.” 

 “…he will bless those who fear the LORD—small and great alike.” Psalm 115:13 “There is no one righteous, not even one.”  Romans 3:10

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