Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Forgotten Man of Christmas.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The great reality of the incarnation is the doctrine that the Son of God was conceived in the womb of Mary and that Jesus is true God and true man – undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever.

1TI 3:16 And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Beheld by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.

God became a man, which is that tremendous incomprehensible miracle of divine energy that brought God into human history.

Because of the complexity of all that is happening around us and because Satan has cluttered up Christmas with so much needless paraphernalia, most people have missed Christmas.

Joseph’s actions and decisions in the months leading up to the birth of Jesus define for us what true faith and Christian Character looks like.

I have often said that the unsung hero in the Nativity scene is Joseph.
Joseph had a faith and righteousness that rises above circumstances.

LEV 20:10 tells us that the punishment for adultery was death.
Joseph had every right to do with Mary whatever he chose, according to the law, yet in the end he chose to quietly send her away.

Luke 6:32 If you love those who love you what good is that?

If you are righteous only when your circumstance is favorable, what good is that?

Joseph is not just shone the power of the baby; he is shown the whole mission of the baby.

No doubt Joseph wondered how on earth the Messiah could come to a humble couple such as him and Mary rather than from nobility, born into a palace.

A very prominent part of a Hebrew marriage was the consummation.

It was not until the consummation of the marriage that they considered the marriage final –
sexual intercourse.

But the night that Mary and Joseph were married there was no consummation.

MAT 1:19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her, desired to put her away secretly.

He put his desires and needs on hold so that God could fulfill what He would fulfill through Mary and the baby Jesus.

Are we allowing the world to dictate what we say and do, and how we act?

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