Matthew 1:18-25 "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 fulfill 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."
Reflection. For a couple of weeks we will journey through Matthew's Gospel. I wonder how familiar these words will be as we read through. Please read with fresh eyes and an open heart. Matthew's Gospel is a wonderful read. If you get a chance over the next few days try to read the whole book in one or two sessions. It will surprise and delight. Oh and God will speak to us. The Holy Spirit will point us to Jesus. It is all about Jesus...even the Genealogy that comes ahead of the birth of the Messiah passage.
Prayer. Lord Jesus, as we read your story again please enthuse, encourage, surprise and delight us. Amen.