Summary: A Men's Day Sermon at Christmas time to encourage Men
Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[d]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
Faithful Men are often placed into situations that test their faith in GOD. The trial gives God a chance to experience their faith.
19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[e] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
The greatest gift you can give to God and your family is to be found faithful! A faithful man, will not follow his own mind, but the mind of GOD!
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
A word from the LORD will keep a faithful man! Even against his won thoughts, his won will his own desires!
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f] because he will save his people from their sins.”
Don’t name him after yourself, but name him after me!
I have a name already picked for him!
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[g] (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
A Faithful man will walk in obedience, sometimes family and friends will project their fears on you, Be Faithful and follow GOD!
The Birth of Jesus
Luke 2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
Why did he take Mary with him?
She was 9 months pregnant?
He was not yet married to her?
He was faithful… he was a protector!
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Torah and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
They were people who lacked faith!
God will get you into the right place at the right time
To serve HIS purpose in your life..
Remain faithful! Just be silent.. Hold on!
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Perhaps it was because of her..
If Joseph had just left her at home..
If Joseph had came by himself!
His family would have taken him in!
God called him as a protector
God called him as a provider
God called him as a shield
Jesus Presented in the Temple
When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”, and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”
When you are faithful .. God will provide
When you are obedient God will make a way
Take God at his word!
39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.