You can also check out CBSM’s Top 5 Christmas Sermons/Studies at https://youthgrouptruth.com/2012/11/17/cbsms-top-5-christmas-sermons-and-studies/
I think its so easy for Christians to think, “Jesus was born? I got that. Jesus as God became man. I accept that. Jesus was born of a virgin? Sure, no problem. Jesus took on humanity. I believe that, too!” So what?! What difference does it make? How can I live that out with my life? I want these next few blog posts to explore how 5 different biblical characters responded in their lives to Jesus being born.
Let’s first take a look at Joseph. Matthew 1:18-25, “18 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.20 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.21 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.”
Wouldn’t you love to know what Joseph was thinking? Remember, these teenagers (Joesph and Mary) didn’t have the Christmas story to read. It was all new for them. Here’s a little of how I like the think the conversation may have went. Mary: Joseph, we’re going to have a baby! Joseph: Who in the world is we?! We have never done anything close to conceive a baby! Mary, just be honest with me. What happened? Mary: Well, an angel visited me last night, and… Joseph: Wait! An angel? Just because you think he’s all “angelic” doesn’t make it okay! Mary: Joseph, God made me pregnant. Joesph: Mary, that’s just too far. You can’t just say “God made me do it.” Continue reading