Pastor Randy Morrison - 12.21.14 - Mp3

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"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22. So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23. “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 24. Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25. and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS." Matthew 1: 18-25 (NKJV).

The story of Christmas cannot be fully told without looking into the heroic courage of Joseph and the role he played in the birth of Jesus.

We are introduced to Joseph in the middle of a dilemma and personal crisis in what may seem as a broken heart and betrayal by the one he loved.

There are thee things that the dilemma Joseph faced teaches us:

1. Have the courage when faced with life problems;
2. Divine assistance can become our guiding principle when one’s heart is open to God’s agenda; and
3. Faith will always give a different perspective on what may appear unreasonable and unexplainable.

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