“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
Joseph was a just man. As a carpenter, can imagine him sitting amongst his woodworking shop as he began to think on how he was not willing to make a public example of Mary who was found to be with child of the Holy Ghost. The verses preceding display Joseph’s character even before he fell asleep and the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream. The angel comforted him, “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.” He then heard what His Name and His purpose would be. When he awoke from his sleep, he did not question…he simply obeyed.
Mary was to have a Son, Joseph was to name Him JESUS. Why? Because He came to save His people from their sins. We are His people when we place our faith and trust in Him for salvation…to know the Truth of the Gospel.
“Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”
Jesus Himself explained to Pilate His purpose for coming…”that I should bear witness unto the truth.” He came so that all could come to Him.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
How can a missionary go into a remote village where there is no church and find people hungry for the Word of God? Because His purpose in coming was so that they could know the Truth.
During the Christmas season gives us the opportunity to tell others why Christmas is celebrated…because He came. Our purpose is to tell others about His purpose.
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