Rediscovering the Christmas Season December 2nd


The Announcement

Exposure: Read the opening chapter of the New Testament—the account of Joseph, the earthly father God chose for His Son.

Exploration: Consider how the weight of generations of expectations affected Joseph’s ability to step into such an awesome role. What do you think was going through Joseph’s mind when the angel showed up and told them about Jesus?

Expression: How would you have felt if you were Joseph? Discuss with a friend or journal about what this announcement meant to Joseph and to all of us.

Experience: Have you had an experience where God asked you to do something that seemed ridiculous? Make a plan this Christmas season to do something ridiculous that you know God wants you to do.

MAT 1:1-25 NIV

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:   Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,   Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram,   Ram the father of Amminadab, Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,   Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse,   and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,   Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,   Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah,   Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,   Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah,   and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.   After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,   Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,   Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud,   Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob,   and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.   Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.   This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about : 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. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.   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. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”   All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).   When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

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6 thoughts on “Rediscovering the Christmas Season December 2nd

  1. The enormity of this choice would surely have overwhelmed me. God has asked me to walk in places I have thought impossible before. Only the armor touch prayer has kept me through those”impossible” Times. I imagine Joseph spent many a night in sleepless prayer.

  2. My take-a-way . . . Joseph hearing an angels voice and then doing what was asked of him is just like hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit telling us what we need to do . . . obedience . . . seems to be the key that made all things possible according to God’s plan. When I am not obedient I miss out on God’s plans for my life!
    ~Blessings ~

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