“The Genesis of Jesus — Savior From Sin” | Matthew 1:18-21 Bible Study

Who throws a birthday party for someone they don’t even like? How can one celebrate Christmas and not celebrate Christ?

Christmas ain’t about peace for mankind; it’s about peace with our Maker. Christmas ain’t about “goodwill” it’s about God’s will.

As His Name “Jesus” (Jesus –> Joshua, “YHWH saves” / “The LORD saves”) suggests, Matthew makes it clear that the prophesied Messiah who was to be a son of David (cf. Jer 23:5-6; Is 11:1-2; 2 Sam 7:11-13, Mt 1:1, 20; etc.) has arrived for the salvation of His people.

But not in the way the Jews expected – not salvation from political oppression, but from our spiritual transgressions.  Not freedom from Caesar, but freedom from sin.

In Christ, God the Father provided a spiritual solution to this sin-sick world, let’s not merely focus on secular solutions for its sinful symptoms.

Let’s not treat Him like a LifeSaver — a piece of candy who merely makes life sweeter. He’s our lifesaver (i.e., floatation device) who saved us from drowning in sin.

Conceived through and led by the Holy Spirit — the true “spirit of Christmas” — Christ came and died and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins.

Let’s tell somebody this Good News —  this Gospel — this week! Christmas time is a great time to talk about Christ.

Translation

18 The genesis of Jesus the Messiah went like this: His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, [but] before they came together, she was found to be pregnant from the Holy Spirit. 19 So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, had in mind to divorce her privately. 20 But after these things were considered by him, behold: an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For [the Child] Who has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit 21 For she will give birth to a son, and you shall call Him by the name Jesus – because He will save His people from their sins. (Mt 1:18-21, AT)

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