Lent - Day 2

The Birth of the King
(Matthew 1:18-25)

Just a few short months ago, we celebrated the birth of Jesus. While the focus of Christmas is, and should be,on the birth of Savior, I think we need to look at the birth of the Son of God in relationship to His death, His burial, and His resurrection. Christmas and Easter are forever inter-twined and one should never consider one without considering the other.

In this passage of Scripture Matthew writes that the angel said to Joseph "you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." The birth of Jesus fulfilled the prophecy given through the prophet Isaiah "All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! the virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means 'God is with us', Isaiah 7:14, NLT).

What a great demonstration of God's love! God the Son became the Son of God for us. Jesus came to "seek and to save" (Luke 19:10) and to "give his life as a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28).

I believe there are many verses that join together Christmas and Easter. I want to share two of them.

John 3:16 "For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life."

1 John 4:10 "This is real love-not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins."

During Lent, we think about Easter and the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. But don't forget Christmas when we were given the One who would give his life to bring us to God. As you pray today, focus on the gift of God and the sacrifice of the Son.

Give thanks to him!
Praise his name!

Pastor Tom


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