Joseph: The Forgotten Personality Of Christmas by Dr. Ed Young

H. Edwin Young
Luke 2:1-20
December 19, 1993 - 9:40 a.m.

I invite you to open your Bible if you would to Matthew
chapter number 1, beginning with verse 18; "Now the birth
of Jesus Christ was on this wise. When his mother Mary was
espoused to Joseph before they came together she was found
with child by the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph, her husband,
being a just man and not willing to make her a public
example was minded to put her away privately. But while he
thought on these things behold, the angel of the Lord
appeared unto him in a dream saying, 'Joseph, thou son of
David, fear not to take thee Mary thy wife for that which
is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit and she shall
bring forth a son and thou shalt call his name Jesus for he
shall save his people from their sins.' Now all this was
done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken to the
Lord by the prophet saying, 'Behold, a virgin shall be with
child and they shall bring forth a son and they shall call
his name Immanuel which being interpreted is God with Us.'
Then Joseph being raised from sleep as did the angel of the
Lord had bidden him and took unto him his wife and knew her
not until she had brought forth her firstborn son. And he
called his name Jesus."'

Let's pray together. With Thy quietness, 0 Lord, our
hearts stand still near the crude stall where Jesus was
born to Mary. The noise of the world is still for a moment.
And, 0 Lord, the joy of heaven is easily heard. And there
is a peace which passes all understanding among men of good
will, whether they be wise or ignorant. Today, 0 Lord, help
us to think on these things, pondering them in our hearts
until at last the mystery unfolds and Thy Word is revealed.
And, 0 Lord, on this day may Thy grace be made plain. Some
of us here are as lonely as shepherds. Others as wayfaring
as kings. Some as busy as innkeepers. Fill us and turn us

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