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Summary: Jesus is the only saviour of the world

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Title: Birth of Christ; Savior of the World

Text:

Matthew Chapter 1:

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.

19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her, desired to put her away secretly.

20 But when he had considered this, 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 that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

21 "And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins."

22 Now all this took place that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, saying,

23 "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US."

24 And Joseph arose from his sleep, and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took her as his wife,

25 and kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

Introduction

Christmas is a joyful occasion. I remembered when I was much younger; I always look forward towards the Christmas season.

I loved the sound Christmas advertisement that came on TV programmes. “Metro Christmas Magic”. The glittering lights of Orchard road and the toys I knew I would received from my family.

It was not until much later, that Christmas took on a different meaning for me. It was then I realized that the central figure of Christmas was not Santa Claus but the birth of Jesus Christ.

The story took place 2000 years ago, in a town known as Nazereth in Israel. Mary had been betrothed to Joseph.

Weddings during this time in history were very different than weddings today. Weddings consisted of two parts, the betrothal; engagement and the marriage ceremony. This may seem like our marriage, however it is quite different.

The betrothal was a form of engagement agreed to by a parent or brother sealed with a marriage contract and payment, known as a bride price or deposit. Betrothal was final and could be broken only by infidelity of the bride or groom. It was a time of probation and testing of fidelity.

The betrothal was considered marriage without consummation and living together. Social contact was limited and the marriage ceremony did not take place for up to a year or more.

The marriage ceremony was a public display of what had already taken place in the betrothal process where a family and friend celebration took place. Following the ceremony the bridegroom could then take his bride home for the first time.

It was an happy occasion, a dream that came true for Mary. She had always wanted a godly man to be her husband and God had indeed granted the desire of her hearts by giving to her Joseph, a godly man who was a strong and hardworking carpenter.

For Joseph it was love at first sight. The moment he saw her, he knew that she was made for him. She was everything he ever wanted. Small, petite, beautiful eyes and most important of all a God fearing woman.


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