The One Who Would Have a Miraculous Birth

December 8, 2013 Matthew 1:18-25

3 fitting responses to the miraculous birth of Jesus

I. Praise God because Jesus Was Conceived Through the Work of the Holy Spirit

Matthew 1:18-20 - Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

A. The Spirit’s involvement ensured Mary’s purity

B. The Spirit’s involvement ensures that Jesus was not corrupted by human involvement

II. Love God Because Jesus is Qualified to be Our Savior

Matthew 1:21 - She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.

A. His miraculous birth demonstrates His deity

B. His miraculous birth demonstrates His humanity

III. Worship God that He sent Jesus to be our “Immanuel”

Matthew 1:22-23 - Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”

Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

A. His miraculous birth results in great comfort

B. His miraculous birth results in His continual presence