Christmas From Matthew, Pt. 9

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Matthew 1:20, 24-25

In this telling of the Christmas story from the book of Matthew, we have already looked at Joseph and his character.  He was a good man who was engaged to a good woman.  But today, we will look at one thing that the Bible mentions that he did.

“Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him…”  Joseph simply did as he was told.  He was a good man and he was a thinking man, but all of that would have gone out the window had he ignored the angel’s advice.  Even after seeing and hearing the angel, he still could have rejected Mary.  But he did not.  He did as he was told.

At Christmas, we (rightly) look to the Lord Jesus.  We see Him everywhere and are constantly reminded of Him and His coming to earth for us.  But in all of our thinking about the Lord Jesus and in all of our worshipping the Lord Jesus, how are we doing at simply doing what He tells us to do?

It is not enough to simply acknowledge Jesus.  We need to obey Him.  It is not enough to simply decorate our houses with manger scenes and sing Christmas carols.  We need to dedicate ourselves to wholly follow and obey Him, just as Joseph did!

 

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