We now begin our second week of the Advent study with Good Morning Girls. I have actually looked forward to diving into the word this week. I need to read all about God’s love, and His story tells us of just how much He loves us.
In Matthew 1:18-25, we are reading about the birth of Jesus the Messiah. Again, using the NLT bible, it talks of how Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph. Mary, being a virgin, conceives a child through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, being a good man and not wishing to disgrace Mary in public due to this, decides to break the engagement quietly. However, an angel of the Lord appeared before him in a dream telling Joseph not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife. The angel explains to Joseph that Mary did conceive by the Holy Spirit, that she will have a son, and they were to name him Jesus. The angel further explains that the baby, the one that will be called Jesus, will save people from their sins. All of this has to take place in order to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet. He would be called Immanuel, which means God Is With Us! The scripture goes on to say that when Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. When the baby was born, they did name Him Jesus just as the angel had instructed them to do.
As we go over to Luke 2:1-7, we read more of the familiar story of the birth of Jesus.
Oh what love the Father had for us all that He sent His only son to save the world! Jesus came to save people from all of their sins. Jesus came into this world as a little tiny baby boy. A miracle from God above! Precious little baby Jesus entered the world knowing what His fate would be. He would die a horrible death, a death of a criminal. He knew no sin at all when He walked the face of this earth. He was perfect! Yet, He bore all of our sins on the cross so that we may have eternal life! He rose on the third day. Oh praise God! Jesus is alive!!
This is love, ladies and gentlemen. This is love!
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
-1 John 9-10-