Rev. Steve Andrews, pastor at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Lee’s Summit, MO, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Matthew 1:18-25.
Matthew’s account of Christmas focuses our attention on Jesus as the Christ, the Savior, and God with us. Joseph’s role is particularly emphasized. He knows that his betrothed is with child. He knows that the child is not his. He knows he wants to do what his just. His desire to show mercy and forgiveness to Mary serves as a type of the Child Joseph will adopt and raise. Joseph cannot know the just thing to do, however, unless the Lord reveals what has happened. He sends His angel to Joseph in a dream to preach the good news that no one would have known unless God had revealed it. The Son in Mary’s womb has been conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. This Child is Jesus, the LORD who saves His people. This Child is Immanuel, God with His people. Joseph believes God’s Word and acts accordingly. Joseph, the son of David, adopts Jesus, the Son of David, and raises Him as his own.
“All Righteousness Fulfilled” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that digs into the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The first evangelist proclaims Jesus to Jews and Gentiles alike as the fulfillment of God’s saving words and acts throughout the Old Testament. As the Christ in the line of David and Abraham, Jesus is the promised King who comes to bring sinners from every nation to live under His gracious reign.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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The Birth of Jesus Christ
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ[a] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed[b] to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 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. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
- Matthew 1:18 Some manuscripts of the Christ
- Matthew 1:18 That is, legally pledged to be married
English Standard Version (ESV)
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