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December 4, 2016

Sermon: Gifts at Christmas: From Joseph

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Scripture Lesson

Deuteronomy 22:23-24; Matthew 1:18-25

If there is a young woman, a virgin already engaged to be married, and a man meets her in the town and lies with her, you shall bring both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death, the young woman because she did not cry for help in the town and the man because he violated his neighbour’s wife. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel’, which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Gifts at Christmas: From Joseph
Deuteronomy 22:23-24; Matthew 1:18-25

I. Introduction—Baldo
II. Series: Gifts at Christmas
III. Joseph’s story (Matt. 1:18-25)
     A. “Engaged/betrothed” (1:18)
         1. Not for love
         2. Parallel to marriage (Deut. 22:23)
     B. Mary “was found to be with child” (1:18)
         1. Joseph could have her stoned (Deut. 22:24)
         2. He “planned to dismiss her quietly” (1:19)
     C. Joseph has a dream
         1. “Take Mary as your wife” (1:20)
         2. “The child is from the Holy Spirit” (1:20)
         3. “Name him Jesus” (1:21)
IV. What did Joseph give?
     A. Obedience (1:24-25)
     B. Sacrifice
     C. Responsibility
V. Conclusion: Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


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