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Fourth Sunday in Advent
"How (and Why) the Birth of Jesus Came About"
Rev. Wayne Dobratz
I. Sin suspected
A. While Mary was not guilty of fornication, she still was in need of a Savior (God, my SaviorLk 1:46-47)
B. The human race is guilty as
chargedPs 51:5, 53:3; Prov 20:9, Gen 6:5, I Kings 8:46a, Isa 53:6
II. A remedy for sin promisedgive him the name
A. The name means God saves
B. God took this name for himself in the Old Testamentcf 2 Sam 22:3 & 47, Ps 18:46, 25:5, 27:9, 38:22, 42:5 & 11; Micah 7:7
C. The wait was over with the
coming of JesusLk 2:11, John 4:42, Acts 5:31, Acts 13:23, Phil 3:20, 1
Tim 1:1, 1 Tim 4:10, 2 Tim 1:10 etc
III. Gods will obeyed
A. By Joseph in taking Mary as his
1. It was an act
of faith and obedience on his part, as faith is often described in the
ScriptureHeb 11 et al
receive him in faithas the carol sings, we pray: Come to us, abide with
us, our Lord Immanuel (cf 2 Cor 4:6, Gal 4:6, Lk 24:32, Eph 3:20)
B. By Gods Son in taking human fleshPs 40:6ff, John1:14ff, Rom 8:3, Phil 2:7, 1 Th 3:16
C. By Gods Son offering up His innocent life in humility as the sacrifice for human sinIsa 53:9, Lk 22:37, Acts 8:33, 2 Cor 8:9, Phil 2:7-8
After noting that it was common to include the name of God in a personal name, Albert Barnes goes on to say: (Matthew) had just given an account of the miraculous conception of Jesus: of his being begotten by the Holy Spirit. God was therefore his Father. He was divine as well as human. His appropriate name, therefore, was God with us.
And though the mere use of such a name would not prove that he had a divine nature, yet as Matthew uses it, and meant evidently to apply it, it does prove that Jesus was more than a man; that he was God as well as man. And it is this which gives glory to the plan of redemption.
It is this which is the wonder of angels. It is this which
makes the plan so vast, so grand, so full of instruction and comfort to
Christians. (See Phil 2:6-8) It is this which sheds such peace and joy into the
sinners heart; which gives him such security of salvation, and which renders
the condescension of God in the work of redemption so great and his character so
Till God in
human flesh I see,
my thoughts no comfort find.
The holy, just, and sacred Three
are terror to my mind.
But if Immanuels face appears,
my hope, my joy, begins.
His grace removes my slavish fears.
His blood removes my sins.
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