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What child is this?: Week 3

Pastor Pete Hartwig

Sermon Notes

SLIDE: What Child is This?  Joseph’s Perspective



SLIDE: Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son

Matthew 1:18-25  Pg. 783


READ…  Called into the Story!  Emotions.

Luke = Mary =  EXCITEMENT!  JOY!


SLIDE: Matthew 1:19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.


Joseph is a good man!  A logical decision


Deut. 22:23-24 – Mary stoned


Christmas isn’t about…  Good men being Logical


Christmas  – WAY MORE!!!


Christmas = God calling for FAITH, TRUST in his plan, Belief that being “Good and logical” are not enough, and ACTION!


SLIDE:  Matthew 1:20 “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife…





“What is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit”


SLIDE:  Matthew 1:24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.


Christmas = ACTION  


JOSEPH NEVER SPEAKS –  Actions speak louder than words!


Matthew 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”



Jesus = the Greek form of Joshua =  God saves – God delivers


Christ = The Greek – Christos English – Christ.

 Messiah = Hebrew – mashiach =  “anointed one” or “chosen one.”


“Jesus Christ”  = “Jesus the Messiah.”


SLIDE:  Matthew 1:21 “will save his people from their sins”




SLIDE:  This story is…  Inconceivable


editorial comment…  to God.


How a story starts… matters.


How people respond to a story MATTERS!


story of God’s power.


CLOSE and Personal.


God is “WITH US” … with people.


Joseph is called to believe this…


Christmas is NOT about Good people making logical decisions!



SLIDE:  Matthew 1:24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.





I was just dating the girl over in the valley!  Whuuut?


BODOS! Mary is Pregnant!


I didn’t think so… you are a Good man… a logical man.


Holy Spirit


You don’t believe her do you?  I do.


A DREAM… that’s a nightmare!


You bring her here!


SLIDE:  Christmas… It is deeply PERSONAL and for a LIFETIME


Take her home…   THIS IS PERSONAL


To be your wife…  A LIFE TIME!




Joseph stands in the story of many of us!!!

He is ME!



What seemed so CRAZY  …  I believe it.


Do YOU?!

You TOO?


Just like…  the original Christmas…