TOPIC: JESUS' DIVINE BIRTH
TEXT: MATTHEW 1:18-25
It is good to congratulate ourselves for witnessing the commemoration of the unique birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ, notwithstanding the arguments surrounding the actual date of birth. Our concern here is to reflect on one of the most phenomenal events in all of history, the divine birth (vs. 18, 19). It necessitated and caused some very unusual events. Our text reveals that His birth was of the Spirit, (vs. 18). It created a predicament because Mary was pregnant before marriage and Joseph was a righteous man. How would he handle the situation (vs. 19) because he didn't want to expose her to public disgrace. What would you have done in a similar situation? This divine birth also necessitated a special revelation (vs. 20-21). So an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream as we read above. It was also a fulfilment of prophecy (vs. 22-23), the word of God himself had spoken. Lastly, the divine birth wrought a great obedience, (vs. 24-25). Joseph acted as God would have a man act. He was merciful and gentle and tender to the one who had 'hurt' him so much. He forgave as one who had been forgiven. He had the attitude believers need to have whenever a loved one or a fellow believer is found in sin. We can see why the divine birth of Jesus attracted so much debate because it was the most convulsive and disturbing event in history (Lk. 2:1-24). God's intervention to save man led to the unusual events being remembered today.