So how did the birth of Jesus the Messiah come about?
This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. Matthew 1:18 NLT
Jesus = Joshua
This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18 NLT
Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. Matthew 1:19 NLT
As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:20 NLT
And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 NLT
Rome needs to be saved from their sins.
We need saving from Rome.
We need a Savior with a sword
When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. Matthew 1:24 NLT
You're to give him the name Jesus, because he will forgive his people of their sins.
We reduce Christmas to forgiveness.
Nobody's perfect but God forgives.
Jesus came to deliver us from the power of sin.
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10 NLT
Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. Romans 6:12-14 NLT
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 NLT
Sin kills things.
Jesus came to deliver us from the:
*Penalty of sin *Power of sin *Presence of sin
Sin is not your master.
Sin doesn't have to be your master.