December 24, 2017 (4:00PM): Matthew 1:18-25 (Rich Merkouris)

  • The Birth of Jesus Christ

    18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ[e] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed[f] 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.

  • 2:00 We have always been afraid of something.

  • 3:00 Fear often freezes us from speaking truth. And fear can lead to illogical behavior

    • We want people to like us, so we do weird stuff to get people to like us.

  • 3:26 However, there is one common phrase in the Christmas story. Fear Not!

    • From the angel speaking to Joseph 

    • From the angels speaking to the Shepards 

  • 7:13 The angels also tell the Shepards "fear not, behold..." The angels are trying to showcase where our attention should be.

  • 8:40 When the angel tells Joseph do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife as it was from God.

  • 10:26 We have God on our team. So often we think "well, I don't know maybe I can do somethings" Are you kidding, you have God on your side.

  • 11:50 What is the number one fear in life... death. Because it is final.

  • 12:20 We have nothing to fear, because in Jesus Christ we have Savior that has conquered death.

  • 13:13 However, if we are outside of God, we have everything to fear. Things can be taken away from you.

  • 14:35 But if you are with Christ, every if they take away your possessions, family, etc we will always have Christ. All they can do is bring temporary pain. In Christ we have a Savior.

  • 17:24 If you do not have Christ, you have everything to fear, but if you have Christ, you have nothing to fear.