advent 2015 — 23

When [Jesus’] mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25

Not only was Mary a godly and humble person, her fiancé, Joseph, is described here as a just man.

God chose two righteous people, a virgin and a godly man to bear, nurture and love his Son during his life on the earth.

All the things taking place at that time were to fulfil what the prophet Isaiah had spoken.

The most remarkable thing about this aspect of Christ’s birth is not so much that he was born of a virgin, although that is remarkable and impossible unless God had performed it, but that his name would be called Immanuel – God with us.

The creator, the Lord and master of the universe, saw fit to come into the human race in order to save it from its woes.

That is remarkable!

O Come O Come Emmanuel // Celtic Ladies Christmas


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