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The Forgotten Man of Christmas

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December 22, 2020
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Learn about Joseph and how he obeyed God’s instructions in the midst of a miraculous circumstance.

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  • male announcer: For millennia,the people Israel awaited
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  • the arrival of the Messiah.
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  • Looking up to heaven,
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  • they anticipated the comingof a mighty king,
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  • but the promisedSon of God appeared humbly,
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  • a Prince of peace,born in a little town,
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  • not into royalty,
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  • but into the armsof unassuming parents
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  • and laid in a makeshift bed,a birth easily missed
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  • if not the starheralding his arrival.
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  • An enduring reminderof that silent night
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  • compelling us to stop,look up,
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  • and see the Saviorin the season.
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  • When we do, we emergehappier, stronger,
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  • and more Christ-centeredthan ever.
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  • This Christmas,discover the meaning found
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  • in awaiting the Savior.
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:I'm David Jeremiah
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  • wishing you a blessedChristmas season.
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  • When you thinkof the Christmas story,
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  • which key players do youremember most often,
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  • Mary, the shepherds,or perhaps the wise men?
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  • I imagine there's one person whodid not come to mind right away,
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  • this character isoften overlooked
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  • and in today's message,I'll remind you
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  • of the importanceof this individual,
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  • The Forgotten Man of Christmas.
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  • This man Joseph found himselfin an impossible situation.
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  • His betrothed wife, Mary,announced that she was
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  • with child before their marriageand he had a choice to make.
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  • As we considerwhat he could have done,
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  • it makes us reflect uponwhat we would have done
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  • in the same situationand as we'll learn today,
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  • Joseph turns out to beone of the most honorable men
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  • in the Bible.
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  • I'll explain more aboutJoseph's honor and faithfulness
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  • on today's edition of,"Turning Point."
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  • female announcer:Merry Christmas
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  • from Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Now, join usfor today's message,
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  • "The Forgotten Manof Christmas."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: A worried motherplanned to allow her child
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  • to be in the Christmas pageantand on the afternoon
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  • before the annual Sunday schoolChristmas pageant
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  • was to take place,she called the church office
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  • to say that her little boy,who was supposed to play
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  • the part of Joseph,had caught the flu
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  • and was confined to bed.
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  • The director of the pageantthought for a moment
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  • and he said,"Well, it's too late
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  • to get another Joseph,so I guess we'll just have
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  • to write Joseph outof the script."
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  • And that's exactlywhat they did,
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  • and the probability is thatvery few people even noticed.
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  • Every yearwhen we celebrate Christmas,
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  • we get caught upon the shepherds,
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  • the wise men, the angels,especially Mary
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  • and the Christ child,but we write Joseph
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  • out of the script.
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  • But I want you to considerthis before you write him
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  • out of the script.
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  • God had all the menin this world from whom
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  • to select an earthly fatherfor Jesus and he picked Joseph.
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  • He was the earthly fatherof the Lord Jesus.
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  • He was the one that God choseto accompany the mother
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  • of our Lordon her earthly journey,
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  • and God's planfor redemption
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  • of the world dependedon one man's willingness
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  • to raise a childwho was not his own.
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  • Joseph must have beenan interesting person.
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  • We know very little about himbecause not much a written
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  • about him, but we do thathe must have been poor
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  • because when he and Maryoffered a sacrifice
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  • at the temple,they sacrificed a turtle dove,
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  • which was a sacrificefor poor people.
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  • And we first meet himwhen he is mentioned,
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  • incidentally, in the recordof the Angel Gabriel's visit
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  • to Mary.
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  • Here is the Scripture,"Now in the sixth month
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  • the angel Gabrielwas sent by God
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  • to the city of Galileenamed Nazareth,
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  • to a virgin betrothed to a manwhose name was Joseph,
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  • of the house of David.
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  • And the virgin's name was Mary."
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  • After Gabriel announced to Marythat she would conceive
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  • by the Holy Spirit and bethe mother of our Messiah,
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  • the Bible tells us that Maryleft town with haste and went
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  • to visit her cousin Elizabeth,who was also with child.
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  • And we read in the Book of Lukethat Elizabeth,
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  • after three months, allowed Maryto return to Nazareth
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  • and when she came backto her own house,
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  • as we would say itin our day today,
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  • she was three months pregnant.
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  • And the discovery of thatis about to happen
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  • on the part of Joseph, verse 18.
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  • Now, the birth of Jesuswas as follows,
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  • "After his mother Marywas betrothed to Joseph
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  • before they came together,she was found with child
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  • of the Holy Spirit."
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  • Now, this is a very interestingsection of Scripture and
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  • one that is often under attackby those who don't believe
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  • in the inspiration of the Bible.
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  • And oftentimes misunderstandingshappen in the understanding
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  • of the Bible 'causewe don't stop to realize
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  • that Jewish times back then weredifferent than our times today.
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  • In fact, that is completelyevident when you talk
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  • about a Jewish marriage.
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  • In Judaism in Jerusalemif you were to get married,
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  • there were three phases to it.
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  • First of all, there was whatthey called the espousal phase,
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  • and that was something thatyou had nothing to say about
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  • because an espousalwas the time when mom and dad
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  • got together and picked outyour future mate.
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  • Parents would maybe have peoplethat grew up in their community
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  • and they would havelittle discussions about,
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  • "Oh, she would be great."
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  • By the time they were inthe second or third grade,
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  • they already knewthey were gonna marry,
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  • that was espousal.
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  • And then about a year beforethey got married was
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  • another period called betrothaland that was kind of like
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  • our engagement period andduring that period of time,
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  • they would continue to liveat home with their parents.
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  • So, they wouldn't live togetherbut the betrothal part
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  • of a Jewish marriagewas very serious.
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  • It was so serious thatif they would break it,
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  • that would considerthat a divorce.
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  • And even thoughthey had not come together
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  • and consummated their marriageduring that yearlong betrothal,
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  • this was very serious.
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  • According to the Scripture,as we open our Bibles
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  • to the Book of Matthew,the engagement
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  • between Joseph and Maryhas been solidified,
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  • gifts have been given,friends and relatives know
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  • in general that Joseph and Maryare engaged
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  • and would soon be married.
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  • And then we read the stark wordsof the Bible which say,
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  • "She was found with child."
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  • What a moment of discovery thatmust have been for that man.
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  • What a terrible moment tobelieve that he had married
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  • a virtuous woman,that he was espoused
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  • and betrothed to this woman,and to find this out.
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  • So, we move in our studyof Matthew, chapter 1,
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  • from the discovery phaseto the dilemma phase.
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  • It says in verse 19,"Then Joseph her husband,
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  • being a just man,and not wanting to make her
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  • a public example, was mindedto put her away secretly."
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  • The word "to put away"in the New Testament language
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  • of the Bible is a phrasethat means to divorce.
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  • So, you could read this thathe did not want to make her
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  • a public example, so he wasminded to divorce her secretly.
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  • The late Bill Bright capturesthe dilemma in the heart
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  • of Joseph when he writesthis very powerful statement.
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  • He said,"What if you lived in a society
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  • with a strict moral codeand you were engaged
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  • to a young girl who,during the engagement period,
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  • was discovered to be pregnantby somebody
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  • other than yourself?
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  • And then while you werecontemplating breaking
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  • the engagement, what if an angelappeared to you in a dream
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  • one night and told you that Godhimself had made her pregnant
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  • and that she would give birthto one who would be the Savior
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  • who was promisedby more than 300 prophecies
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  • hundreds of years before?
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  • This would make you the humanstepfather of God in the flesh."
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  • And that's what happenedto Joseph.
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  • That literally happened to him.
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  • And it caught him upin the dilemma between two parts
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  • of who he was, his characteron the one side,
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  • and his compassion on the other.
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  • Somebody said, "Well,why didn't he just marry her
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  • right off the bat?"
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  • Because that would havemade him complicit
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  • in what he consideredto be a sinful act.
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  • In the Old Testament whensomeone who was engaged
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  • committed adultery--I know this is harsh.
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  • We don't do this today,it's a good thing.
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  • They stoned them.
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  • They were under Judaism.
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  • They lost their lifefor that act of unfaithfulness.
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  • So, on the one hand,Joseph couldn't just act
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  • as if it didn't happenbecause if he had done that,
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  • it was a shot at his character,and the Bible says
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  • he was a righteous, just man.
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  • But hear my carefully,Matthew does not deny
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  • that Mary had become pregnantbefore her marriage to Joseph.
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  • He tells us, however,that Joseph desired
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  • to shield Maryfrom shameful exposure
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  • and was goingto quietly divorce her,
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  • but before Joseph had timeto take any action at all,
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  • he received a messagestraight from heaven
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  • that changed everything.
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  • How many of you've ever gota message straight from heaven?
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  • I mean, we don't get itin the dramatic ways, perhaps,
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  • as they do in the Biblebut I've had times
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  • when I thought, "Okay God,I know that's you talking.
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  • I'm listening."
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  • Sometimes when we need itthe most,
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  • we get a message from heaven,don't we?
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  • Usually it's throughthe Word of God,
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  • or maybe it comesthrough a sermon,
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  • or maybe a Word somebody elsesays to you but as soon
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  • as it happens, you know,"This is a God thing.
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  • This is God speakinginto my life."
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  • It's interesting that Matthewsays that while he was thinking
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  • on these things,something happened to Joseph.
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  • We come now to the dreamin verses 20 to 23.
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  • In his book "Christmas ThroughThe Eyes of Joseph,"
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  • Adam Hamilton reminds usthat Joseph,
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  • during this periodof considering,
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  • was probably wonderingwhat in the world
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  • was going on andmaybe even doubting
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  • whether he was hearing voicesor hearing God.
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  • Hamilton says thatonce in a while,
  • 00:12:10.746 --> 00:12:12.248
  • he runs into a young couple,or a young man,
  • 00:12:12.281 --> 00:12:14.283
  • who doesn't want to believein the virgin birth and says
  • 00:12:14.316 --> 00:12:16.619
  • it's just too hard to believeand it's not gonna believe it.
  • 00:12:16.652 --> 00:12:19.188
  • And he says, "I like to remind aperson when they say that to me,
  • 00:12:19.221 --> 00:12:22.424
  • you're in good company."
  • 00:12:22.458 --> 00:12:23.993
  • Joseph was the first doubter andhe heard the story from Mary.
  • 00:12:24.026 --> 00:12:28.998
  • Not wrong to doubtbecause even in his doubting,
  • 00:12:29.031 --> 00:12:31.500
  • we're told that Joseph wasa righteous man.
  • 00:12:31.534 --> 00:12:35.037
  • So, the Bible says in verse 20,"While he thought
  • 00:12:35.070 --> 00:12:37.406
  • about these things, behold,an angel of the Lord
  • 00:12:37.439 --> 00:12:39.408
  • appeared to him in a dream,saying, 'Joseph, son of David,
  • 00:12:39.441 --> 00:12:44.380
  • do not be afraid to take to youMary your wife,
  • 00:12:44.413 --> 00:12:47.049
  • for that which is conceivedin her is of the Holy Spirit.'"
  • 00:12:47.082 --> 00:12:51.086
  • While Joseph was ponderingthese things,
  • 00:12:51.120 --> 00:12:53.756
  • the Bible tells usthat sleep overtook him,
  • 00:12:53.789 --> 00:12:56.592
  • and he began to dream.
  • 00:12:56.625 --> 00:12:58.194
  • And the word for dream isa very special word that speaks
  • 00:12:58.227 --> 00:13:01.397
  • of dreaming while you're sleep,not having a vision
  • 00:13:01.430 --> 00:13:03.866
  • while you're awake.
  • 00:13:03.899 --> 00:13:05.668
  • And the Bible tells thatwhile he was sleeping,
  • 00:13:05.701 --> 00:13:08.571
  • an angel of the Lord we now knowto be Gabriel,
  • 00:13:08.604 --> 00:13:11.874
  • came to him with a message.
  • 00:13:11.907 --> 00:13:15.177
  • Here is the interesting thingabout this to me,
  • 00:13:15.211 --> 00:13:17.580
  • men and women, we do not haveone single word
  • 00:13:17.613 --> 00:13:20.482
  • from the lips of Joseph in allof the record of the Bible,
  • 00:13:20.516 --> 00:13:23.085
  • not one.
  • 00:13:23.118 --> 00:13:24.687
  • He didn't say, yes,no, or anything.
  • 00:13:24.720 --> 00:13:26.288
  • We don't know how he spokeor what he spoke,
  • 00:13:26.322 --> 00:13:29.425
  • but we have no recordof it at all.
  • 00:13:29.458 --> 00:13:31.393
  • But on the other hand,we know that God spoke
  • 00:13:31.427 --> 00:13:34.330
  • to Josephon four separate occasions
  • 00:13:34.363 --> 00:13:37.600
  • by way of a dream.
  • 00:13:37.633 --> 00:13:39.969
  • He spoke to him, first of all,in the dream he's about
  • 00:13:40.002 --> 00:13:42.071
  • to experience telling himthat it's all right for him
  • 00:13:42.104 --> 00:13:45.374
  • to take her as his wife.
  • 00:13:45.407 --> 00:13:47.509
  • Then he speaks to him again indream number two and he says,
  • 00:13:47.543 --> 00:13:50.446
  • "Joseph get out of here 'causeHerod's coming after your life."
  • 00:13:50.479 --> 00:13:55.684
  • And then he speaks to hima third time while he's in Egypt
  • 00:13:55.718 --> 00:13:57.887
  • and says, "Herod's dead,you can go back home."
  • 00:13:57.920 --> 00:14:00.122
  • And then he speaks to hima fourth time saying,
  • 00:14:00.155 --> 00:14:02.458
  • "Oh but by the way,don't go back where you started.
  • 00:14:02.491 --> 00:14:05.794
  • Go back to Nazareth."
  • 00:14:05.828 --> 00:14:07.296
  • And the Scripture saysthat fourth dream was
  • 00:14:07.329 --> 00:14:08.964
  • so that prophecy could befulfilled that Jesus would have
  • 00:14:08.998 --> 00:14:12.268
  • a connectionwith the city of Nazareth.
  • 00:14:12.301 --> 00:14:14.036
  • I say that because it appearsas if in the Bible when God
  • 00:14:14.069 --> 00:14:17.773
  • was about to start something newand he wanted to get
  • 00:14:17.806 --> 00:14:20.476
  • the attention of the players,he did it through a dream.
  • 00:14:20.509 --> 00:14:24.346
  • Did you know thatthe Bible says,
  • 00:14:24.380 --> 00:14:25.681
  • "There's coming a time inthe future where there will be
  • 00:14:25.714 --> 00:14:27.883
  • another period of dream"?
  • 00:14:27.917 --> 00:14:29.485
  • The Bible says,"The young men will see visions
  • 00:14:29.518 --> 00:14:31.620
  • and the old men willdream dreams."
  • 00:14:31.654 --> 00:14:34.156
  • And some of us wonder if what'shappening now in the Middle East
  • 00:14:34.189 --> 00:14:36.992
  • through many people who havegrown up in Islam
  • 00:14:37.026 --> 00:14:39.862
  • and have come to find Christ,by virtue of dreams,
  • 00:14:39.895 --> 00:14:43.499
  • we might be on the front endof that period of time
  • 00:14:43.532 --> 00:14:45.601
  • in the future.
  • 00:14:45.634 --> 00:14:47.736
  • But mark it down,Almighty God saw this moment
  • 00:14:47.770 --> 00:14:51.006
  • in the life of Josephand in the life of Mary
  • 00:14:51.040 --> 00:14:54.276
  • as one of the mostimportant moments
  • 00:14:54.310 --> 00:14:56.512
  • in the history of the world.
  • 00:14:56.545 --> 00:14:58.347
  • He didn't just send himwondering,
  • 00:14:58.380 --> 00:15:00.115
  • he sent him for as if to say,"This is important.
  • 00:15:00.149 --> 00:15:04.787
  • I want to get your attention."
  • 00:15:04.820 --> 00:15:07.389
  • I don't want to give youall my secrets,
  • 00:15:07.423 --> 00:15:09.191
  • but I want to tell youthat in my life,
  • 00:15:09.224 --> 00:15:11.126
  • a few times that I can remember,God has gotten my attention.
  • 00:15:11.160 --> 00:15:17.032
  • It hasn't been by dreams butwhen God gets your attention,
  • 00:15:17.066 --> 00:15:20.703
  • you best listen, what's aboutto happen is really important.
  • 00:15:20.736 --> 00:15:26.275
  • So Joseph now hearsfrom the angel,
  • 00:15:26.308 --> 00:15:30.112
  • and Joseph learns that it isall right for him
  • 00:15:30.145 --> 00:15:33.916
  • to marry this woman.
  • 00:15:33.949 --> 00:15:36.452
  • And Joseph is referredto in this dream
  • 00:15:36.485 --> 00:15:39.288
  • as the son of Davidand it's providentially
  • 00:15:39.321 --> 00:15:42.191
  • and prophetically ordered thatthis child will come
  • 00:15:42.224 --> 00:15:45.728
  • from David and Josephwas not Jesus's physical father,
  • 00:15:45.761 --> 00:15:50.065
  • but by his marriage to Mary,
  • 00:15:50.099 --> 00:15:52.701
  • he would give Jesushis true legal status.
  • 00:15:52.735 --> 00:15:56.905
  • The angel appeared to Josephthat he should have
  • 00:15:56.939 --> 00:15:59.608
  • no hesitation.
  • 00:15:59.641 --> 00:16:01.577
  • He said, "Joseph,you don't have to put it away.
  • 00:16:01.610 --> 00:16:04.279
  • Marry her.Make her your wife."
  • 00:16:04.313 --> 00:16:08.384
  • And then the instruction that hegives him in verse 21 is this,
  • 00:16:08.417 --> 00:16:11.854
  • "She will bring forth a Son,Joseph,
  • 00:16:11.887 --> 00:16:15.124
  • and you will call His nameJesus,
  • 00:16:15.157 --> 00:16:17.793
  • because He will save His peoplefrom their sins."
  • 00:16:17.826 --> 00:16:22.031
  • When you say the word "Jesus,"you're saying Jehovah saves,
  • 00:16:22.064 --> 00:16:25.067
  • that's what the word means.
  • 00:16:25.567 --> 00:16:27.202
  • And the last part of that verseis just giving you
  • 00:16:27.236 --> 00:16:29.638
  • the meaning of the word "Jesus."
  • 00:16:29.671 --> 00:16:31.240
  • You will call his name Jesus'cause he's Jehovah saves.
  • 00:16:31.273 --> 00:16:35.177
  • He will save his peoplefrom their sins.
  • 00:16:35.210 --> 00:16:37.913
  • Did you know that in the fistchapter of the Book of Matthew,
  • 00:16:37.946 --> 00:16:40.249
  • there are six different namesfor the Lord Jesus?
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  • He's called Jesus Christ.
  • 00:16:43.685 --> 00:16:45.921
  • He's called the Son of David.
  • 00:16:45.954 --> 00:16:47.756
  • He's called the Son of Abraham.
  • 00:16:47.790 --> 00:16:49.591
  • He's called Christ.
  • 00:16:49.625 --> 00:16:51.060
  • He's called Jesus.
  • 00:16:51.093 --> 00:16:52.394
  • And he's called Emmanuel.
  • 00:16:52.428 --> 00:16:55.197
  • But the name that we call himis Jesus.
  • 00:16:55.230 --> 00:16:59.935
  • Say that name with me, Jesus.
  • 00:16:59.968 --> 00:17:02.905
  • He's the name we love becausethat's his salvation name.
  • 00:17:02.938 --> 00:17:07.076
  • That's the name that we embracewhen we come to accept him.
  • 00:17:07.109 --> 00:17:11.046
  • The Jesus of Bethlehemis our Savior.
  • 00:17:11.080 --> 00:17:16.018
  • Finally in Matthew's account,there is kind of
  • 00:17:16.051 --> 00:17:19.621
  • a one final formal reminderto us
  • 00:17:19.655 --> 00:17:24.359
  • of how importantthis information is.
  • 00:17:24.393 --> 00:17:27.429
  • In verses 22 and 23of Matthew chapter 1,
  • 00:17:27.463 --> 00:17:31.533
  • we read these words,"So all of this was done."
  • 00:17:31.567 --> 00:17:35.304
  • All of what?
  • 00:17:35.337 --> 00:17:36.672
  • All that we have justbeen talking about.
  • 00:17:36.705 --> 00:17:38.340
  • Joseph and Mary, and the angels,and the dreams,
  • 00:17:38.373 --> 00:17:40.909
  • "All of this was donethat it might be fulfilled
  • 00:17:40.943 --> 00:17:43.812
  • which was spoken bythe Lord through the prophet,
  • 00:17:43.846 --> 00:17:46.181
  • saying: 'Behold,the virgin shall be with child,
  • 00:17:46.215 --> 00:17:50.252
  • and bear a Son,
  • 00:17:50.285 --> 00:17:51.587
  • and they shall callHis name Immanuel,'
  • 00:17:51.620 --> 00:17:54.723
  • which is translated,'God with us.'"
  • 00:17:54.756 --> 00:17:57.392
  • Now, Matthew tells us thatwhat he's about to say
  • 00:17:57.426 --> 00:18:00.028
  • in this verse is a quotationof a prophet.
  • 00:18:00.062 --> 00:18:03.065
  • In the text itself it doesn'ttell us which prophet it is,
  • 00:18:03.098 --> 00:18:06.235
  • but we know who it is.
  • 00:18:06.268 --> 00:18:07.569
  • It's Isaiah.
  • 00:18:07.603 --> 00:18:09.238
  • In Isaiah 7:14we read these words,
  • 00:18:09.271 --> 00:18:12.407
  • "Therefore the Lord Himselfwill give you a sign:
  • 00:18:12.441 --> 00:18:14.910
  • Behold, the virgin shallconceive and bear a Son,
  • 00:18:14.943 --> 00:18:18.514
  • and shall callHis name Immanuel."
  • 00:18:18.547 --> 00:18:21.350
  • Now, if I could,I would put both of these
  • 00:18:21.383 --> 00:18:24.019
  • up here on this big screenand show that
  • 00:18:24.052 --> 00:18:26.388
  • what Matthew quotedis what exactly Isaiah said.
  • 00:18:26.421 --> 00:18:31.226
  • And there's one word in bothof these texts that is critical,
  • 00:18:31.260 --> 00:18:36.498
  • and it's a strange word becauseit's a word we often overlook.
  • 00:18:36.532 --> 00:18:39.835
  • It's the little word "the."
  • 00:18:39.868 --> 00:18:42.571
  • If you and I were writing this,we would say,
  • 00:18:42.604 --> 00:18:44.506
  • "Behold a virginshall conceive."
  • 00:18:44.540 --> 00:18:47.176
  • But Isaiah didn't say that.
  • 00:18:47.209 --> 00:18:49.244
  • Isaiah said, "Behold the virginshall conceive."
  • 00:18:49.278 --> 00:18:52.481
  • And when Matthew quoted ithe said, "As the prophet said,
  • 00:18:52.514 --> 00:18:56.051
  • it is the virginwho will conceive."
  • 00:18:56.084 --> 00:18:58.487
  • In other words,not just any virgin,
  • 00:18:58.520 --> 00:19:00.656
  • not just any girl,not just any woman,
  • 00:19:00.689 --> 00:19:03.292
  • but the woman God had chosen.
  • 00:19:03.325 --> 00:19:05.561
  • It was one woman,one specific woman,
  • 00:19:05.594 --> 00:19:07.996
  • she was to be the motherof our Lord,
  • 00:19:08.030 --> 00:19:10.999
  • not anyone else, just her.
  • 00:19:11.033 --> 00:19:14.670
  • And so, the definite articlein both Isaiah
  • 00:19:14.703 --> 00:19:17.573
  • and in Matthew pointsto a specific woman
  • 00:19:17.606 --> 00:19:22.878
  • we know as the virgin Mary.
  • 00:19:22.911 --> 00:19:26.315
  • And the Bible tells usat the end of this text
  • 00:19:26.348 --> 00:19:29.585
  • in verses 24 and 25 that,
  • 00:19:29.618 --> 00:19:31.220
  • "Joseph, being arousedfrom sleep,
  • 00:19:31.253 --> 00:19:33.755
  • did as the angel commandedhim and took to him his wife,
  • 00:19:33.789 --> 00:19:39.228
  • and did not know hertill she had brought forth
  • 00:19:39.261 --> 00:19:41.563
  • her firstborn Son.
  • 00:19:41.597 --> 00:19:43.532
  • And he called His name Jesus."
  • 00:19:43.565 --> 00:19:46.735
  • Without hesitation,as soon as the dream was over,
  • 00:19:48.403 --> 00:19:51.540
  • Joseph got up to publiclytake Mary to be his wife
  • 00:19:51.573 --> 00:19:54.776
  • and doubtless,all the ceremonies
  • 00:19:54.810 --> 00:19:56.545
  • of the usual weddingwere involved,
  • 00:19:56.578 --> 00:19:58.313
  • including the feast.
  • 00:19:58.347 --> 00:19:59.881
  • And he took her into his houseas was custom and nothing
  • 00:19:59.915 --> 00:20:03.218
  • was missing from this wedding.
  • 00:20:03.252 --> 00:20:06.255
  • And what you notice in thisis that Joseph has the same
  • 00:20:06.288 --> 00:20:09.658
  • compliant attitude towardthe Lord that Mary had.
  • 00:20:09.691 --> 00:20:13.795
  • It says here,"Joseph, being aroused,
  • 00:20:13.829 --> 00:20:15.964
  • did as the angel commanded him."
  • 00:20:15.998 --> 00:20:18.734
  • He took the opportunityto be obedient to God.
  • 00:20:18.767 --> 00:20:23.839
  • And the Bible says in verse 25,"And he did not know Mary
  • 00:20:23.872 --> 00:20:28.176
  • till she had brought forthher firstborn Son."
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:30.812
  • That means he was not involvedintimately with Mary
  • 00:20:30.846 --> 00:20:34.449
  • until after Jesus was born.
  • 00:20:34.483 --> 00:20:36.985
  • You say, "Well,why is that interesting?"
  • 00:20:37.019 --> 00:20:38.553
  • Because had he been, the criticswould have come along and said,
  • 00:20:38.587 --> 00:20:42.291
  • "No, that wasn't the virginborn Christ,
  • 00:20:42.324 --> 00:20:44.993
  • that was a combinationof Joseph and Mary."
  • 00:20:45.027 --> 00:20:50.198
  • How very particular men andwomen in the story of Christmas
  • 00:20:50.232 --> 00:20:53.935
  • is this wonderful truththat we are not talking
  • 00:20:53.969 --> 00:20:58.307
  • about just an unusual situation,we are talking about
  • 00:20:58.340 --> 00:21:02.344
  • a miracle situation.
  • 00:21:02.377 --> 00:21:04.479
  • This was not just happenstancethat she was suddenly pregnant.
  • 00:21:04.513 --> 00:21:08.250
  • No, the Bible tells us she waswith child of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:21:08.283 --> 00:21:12.421
  • There was no human agencyinvolved in this pregnancy.
  • 00:21:12.454 --> 00:21:16.558
  • It was Mary and the Holy Spiritbringing forth our Savior.
  • 00:21:16.591 --> 00:21:23.799
  • God gave himself to usin the virgin born child,
  • 00:21:23.832 --> 00:21:29.271
  • Jesus Christ, the Son of Godand the Son of man.
  • 00:21:29.304 --> 00:21:34.042
  • And through Mary,he could reach down
  • 00:21:34.076 --> 00:21:37.612
  • and touch mankindand through the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:21:37.646 --> 00:21:39.881
  • he could reach upand touch heaven.
  • 00:21:39.915 --> 00:21:41.817
  • And because he wasthe God man and the Son of man,
  • 00:21:41.850 --> 00:21:45.287
  • he could bring those two thingstogether.
  • 00:21:45.320 --> 00:21:47.556
  • He's who we needed.
  • 00:21:47.589 --> 00:21:48.890
  • He's who we needed sowe could be forgiven of our sin.
  • 00:21:48.924 --> 00:21:52.828
  • Just an ordinary good mancouldn't do that for us.
  • 00:21:52.861 --> 00:21:56.398
  • I couldn't die for your sin.
  • 00:21:56.431 --> 00:21:57.733
  • You couldn't die for my sin.
  • 00:21:57.766 --> 00:21:59.101
  • In fact, once you die,you're dying is over.
  • 00:21:59.134 --> 00:22:02.070
  • It takes somebodylike God to do that.
  • 00:22:02.104 --> 00:22:06.708
  • In fact, it takes God,doesn't it?
  • 00:22:06.742 --> 00:22:09.344
  • And Jesus Christ wasthe Son of God.
  • 00:22:09.378 --> 00:22:12.714
  • His birth protectedso particularly
  • 00:22:12.748 --> 00:22:15.951
  • by the inspirationof the Scripture.
  • 00:22:15.984 --> 00:22:19.955
  • So, you have Joseph,and you have Mary,
  • 00:22:19.988 --> 00:22:22.457
  • and you have the Christ,and all of them have
  • 00:22:22.491 --> 00:22:25.127
  • this one thing in common,it's in this word "surrender."
  • 00:22:25.160 --> 00:22:32.367
  • What a hard word for us.
  • 00:22:32.401 --> 00:22:34.436
  • You know how we pray?
  • 00:22:34.469 --> 00:22:36.238
  • We pray like this, "Lord,my will be done, not thine."
  • 00:22:36.271 --> 00:22:41.443
  • Don't laugh at me,you know that's true.
  • 00:22:41.476 --> 00:22:43.645
  • We may not say it out loud,but that's how we--
  • 00:22:43.678 --> 00:22:45.881
  • "Lord, I want what I wantand if you can get on it,
  • 00:22:45.914 --> 00:22:48.183
  • that'd be all right."
  • 00:22:48.216 --> 00:22:50.552
  • But the Bible says,"We're to pray
  • 00:22:50.585 --> 00:22:51.887
  • not my will be done, but thine."
  • 00:22:51.920 --> 00:22:54.022
  • The Bible says untilwe are willing to surrender
  • 00:22:54.055 --> 00:22:56.391
  • our will this the Lord, we willmiss what he wants to do.
  • 00:22:56.425 --> 00:22:59.895
  • Think for a moment whatthe world would have missed
  • 00:22:59.928 --> 00:23:02.631
  • if either Joseph or Maryhad been unwilling
  • 00:23:02.664 --> 00:23:05.267
  • to surrender to the will of God.
  • 00:23:05.300 --> 00:23:09.070
  • And you can't help but wondersometimes as you see
  • 00:23:09.104 --> 00:23:11.506
  • the people of Godwhat they're missing out on
  • 00:23:11.540 --> 00:23:13.642
  • because they just can't let goand surrender.
  • 00:23:13.675 --> 00:23:18.780
  • I know that's a hard stepfor many of us,
  • 00:23:18.814 --> 00:23:21.883
  • but I'd like to encourage youat this Christmas season to use
  • 00:23:21.917 --> 00:23:25.253
  • the example of the mother of ourLord and of his earthly father
  • 00:23:25.287 --> 00:23:30.125
  • to be willing to say,"According to your Word, Lord,
  • 00:23:30.158 --> 00:23:34.563
  • whatever you want."
  • 00:23:34.596 --> 00:23:35.897
  • For some of you,that means you have got to give
  • 00:23:35.931 --> 00:23:38.266
  • your heart to Christ.
  • 00:23:38.300 --> 00:23:39.901
  • You've been coming to church,you know the gospel,
  • 00:23:39.935 --> 00:23:41.336
  • you're just holding on.
  • 00:23:41.369 --> 00:23:42.671
  • You're saying, "I don't wantto give my life to Christ
  • 00:23:42.704 --> 00:23:44.339
  • because then I've gotta dowhat he tells me to do."
  • 00:23:44.372 --> 00:23:46.208
  • But what he wants to tell youto do is the best thing
  • 00:23:46.241 --> 00:23:48.176
  • you could ever do in your life.
  • 00:23:48.210 --> 00:23:50.378
  • And some of you are Christians,and you haven't been baptized,
  • 00:23:50.412 --> 00:23:52.514
  • or you don't want to getinvolved in the church,
  • 00:23:52.547 --> 00:23:54.316
  • or whatever,you're holding back.
  • 00:23:54.349 --> 00:23:56.184
  • Until you surrender,until you say,
  • 00:23:56.218 --> 00:23:57.819
  • "Lord, I'm all in," you willnever know the full joy
  • 00:23:57.853 --> 00:24:01.556
  • you were meant to knowas a follower of Jesus Christ.
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  • That, to me, is one of the greatmessages of the incarnation.
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  • The Lord Jesus Christgave it all up to come here
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  • to be our Saviorand look what happened,
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  • look how that's affected you,and me, and the world around us.
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  • "Merry Christmas" is a great wayto greet people
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  • because Christmas isthe story of surrender,
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  • and it's my prayer that whateverit is you're holding on to,
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  • whatever it is that you don'twant God to get involved in,
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  • whatever it is you think youcan manage better than he can,
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  • you will get yourself tothis place where you say,
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  • "Okay Lord, you win.I'm all in."
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return to close
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  • today's programright after this.
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  • female announcer: And nowwith one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Joseph's situationwas similar to Mary's.
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  • They were both called by Godto a role that others would find
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  • difficult to understand, yet,they both decided to trust God
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  • and obey whathe was calling them to do,
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  • regardless of the consequences.
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  • Where can we findthat kind of strength?
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  • Joseph's strength camefrom God and ours can, too.
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  • It begins with knowing Christas our personal Savior.
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  • This Christmas season would bethe perfect time to begin
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  • announcer: Next timeon "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The giftsyou bring to Jesus
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  • in his Second Comingdon't have any myrrh in them
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  • because his deathhas already passed.
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  • And when he comes the next time,it will be
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  • for the gold and frankincenseof praise and worship,
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  • and never for a moment
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  • for the myrrhof suffering and death.
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  • announcer: Join Dr. Jeremiahnext time
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  • for a special Christmas message,"The Spirit of Giving,"
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