“Waiting is part of life. Waiting is our destiny. As creatures who cannot by themselves bring about what they long for, we wait in darkness for a flame we cannot light. We wait in fear for a happy ending we cannot right. We wait for a ‘not yet’ that feels like a ‘not ever.’ Waiting is the hardest work of hope.” –Lewis Smedes
- Celebrate the birth of Jesus and Anticipate the return of Jesus.
But for us, Jesus never told us to remember His birth, but to remember His death, burial and resurrection. We live between the RESURRECTION and the RETURN.
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.” Matthew 1:18-19
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. Matthew 1:20
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel’
(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.” Matthew 1:21-24
3 Things the Angel Tells Joseph
- DO NOT FEAR.
A Heighten Vulnerability + A Diminished Sense of Power= FEAR
- TAKE MARY AS YOUR WIFE.
- PUT YOUR HOPE IN JESUS.
VERSE 21, ““She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
VERSE 22-23, “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 ‘Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel’ (which means, God with us).”