Words from the Heart for Monday December 17th, 2018
This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:18 (NLT)
How the Messiah Was Born
When Mary said “yes” and agreed to participate in God’s plans, there were tremendous risks. She was promised to Joseph and thus engaged to be married. Perhaps no one would believe her story that she was pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. She had so much to trust the Lord for when she said “yes” to Him.
Canada’s immigrants come from almost 200 countries. Asia—including the Middle East—provides the majority of new Canadians: about 60 per cent of all immigrants. The Philippines was the top source country, providing about 13 per cent of all newcomers. China and India were the third and fourth. Times have changed from the 1970s when about 78 per cent of immigrants were from Europe. Back in 2011 only 14 per cent of immigrants were born in Europe.
Each of the Gospel writers takes a slightly different spin on the birth of Jesus. John records the theological implications – the other three record the story but each giving us a slightly different perspective. Matthew 1:18 says this: “This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Luke’s gospel gives us the story of Jesus’ conception from Mary’s perspective. Matthew’s Gospel gives it from Joseph’s, as an angel tells him about Mary’s faithful role, and that of the Holy Spirit. In spite of the different perspectives, one thing remains consistent – Mary was a virgin and the baby she would bear was conceived by the Holy Spirit. Each of the Gospel writers understood that Jesus was unique in all of human history. He alone is fully God and fully human. His nature was like no other, sinless in every way. At the same time, He can relate to us and us to Him, in the fullness of His human nature. How do you respond to this?
These have been words from the heart.