As Christmas is upon us again I want to look at a passage from Matthew chapter one that says a lot about Christmas. It talks about the birth of Jesus, why He came and who He really was.
Matthew 1:18-23 – This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. 20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through His prophet: 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.'”
In this passage there are two key things that tell us a lot about Christmas.
1) Jesus came to save us from our sins
The first one is that Jesus came to save us from our sins. In verse 21 the Angel said, “And she will have a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” We all know that we are not perfect. We all fall short at times. When we fall short of God’s perfect standard this is called sin (Romans 3:23). This is why Jesus came – to save us from our sins. He died to pay the price for our sin, so we could be made right with God. Jesus did something that we could not do, save ourselves from our sin.
2) Jesus is God with us
The second thing is that Jesus is God with us. Verse 23 says, “and they will call Him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us’.” The Bible tells us that Jesus is eternal. He was there at creation. He is in heaven now seated at the right hand of the Father. He walked the earth some 2000 years ago. It truly was God with us when Jesus was born on the first Christmas. We know Jesus was God with us because Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. For Jesus to be born of God, the Holy Spirit needed to be involved. This is no normal child birth story. This is heaven invading earth in the positive sense. For Jesus to be born into this world in human form to walk amongst us, the Holy Spirit needed to play His part. The Angel testified to this in verse 20.
So, as we are approaching Christmas Day in a few days, let us remember Jesus. Let us remember that Jesus was born into this world to save us from our sins and that He truly was Immanuel – God with us.
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