Words from the Heart for Sunday October 13th, 2019
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 1:18 (NIV)
While Canada doesn’t have lists of illegal baby names, some provinces can actually deny your baby name if officials deem it inappropriate. And Saskatchewan is one of them. Global News reports that a name can be denied if it contains a swear word, is considered confusing (such as naming your child “Baby”), or is deemed embarrassing for the child. Numbers or symbols in a name are also considered unacceptable and are grounds for denial. I find it interesting that the name spelled J-E-S-U-S is acceptable if it is pronounced the Spanish way – “hay-SOOS”.
There is no one in history who has had a more profound impact on the world than Jesus Christ. He has transformed the lives of millions, and we mark history by before He lived on this earth and since. Every time we say the year we are reminding everyone that is has been 2018 years since Jesus lived here on earth. That’s a staggering thought. The Bible speaks of His birth at the beginning of the Gospels, and in Matthew 1:18 we read: “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.” There is a mystery to the nature of Jesus, and we see that mystery in His conception. Kingdom of God math allows Him to be 100% God and 100% man. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, the ancient creed says. This is beyond our comprehension, but so important, because being fully human we can relate to Him and He can be our substitutionary sacrifice on the Cross. Being fully God, He can then declare us righteous.
These have been words from the heart.