The Greatness Of Christmas (2 of 4) by Stan Coffey

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The Greatness Of Christmas (2 of 4)
The Christmas Story
Dr. Stan Coffey
Matthew 1:18

This message is about Mary, the mother of Jesus. "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 1:18). Luke tells us how this came about, how the angel came to her and announced that God's plan for sending a Messiah and a Savior to the world would be fulfilled through her, that she would be the vehicle through whom God would come to this earth, that God was going to come in the form of a little baby. God wasn't going to come with fanfare or as a great king or a great leader. But God had chosen to come in the most humble manner that you could imagine. He chose to be born as every other person is born. He came that way so that He could identify with mankind and so that you and I would know that Jesus was truly human as well as truly divine, that He was both Son of man and Son of God.

But when I think about the greatness of Christmas, it is in this verse: "before they came together, Mary was found with child of the Holy Ghost." That's the great miracle of Christmas; that is the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. When you read Luke 1:1, you find that Mary was amazed that God had chosen her. God didn't choose her because she was wealthy, because she didn't come from a wealthy family. God didn't choose her because she had an education; God didn't choose her because she was particularly mature, because she probably was only a teenager. In that day young ladies were married sometimes as early as fourteen years of age. Normally they were married to older men; that was the custom in that day. The decision was made by the parents long before the marriage ever took place. There was a trial period called a betrothal period. During this period of time, they were not to, of course, have intimate relations, but i ...

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