by Jerry Branch

Worth the Wait…Jesus Christ
Jerry Branch
Matthew 1:16-23

keywords: waiting; promise; gift; salvation; Jesus; Christmas

Illustration/story of waiting
There are good things to wait for and there are some not so good things to wait for. I remember going to the doctor’s office when I was little, and had to wait to see the doctor for a cold or earache. Waiting to get that shot or to be poked on, and have that cold stethoscope put up against me, was not what I would call fun, or something I looked forward to.

On the other hand, waiting for Christmas day to arrive was a pretty good thing. There’d be all the great smells, and the fresh homebaked cookies, and the trimming of the tree and decorating the house, and the shopping trips to the city where as small children, my sister’s and my eyes probably about popped out of our heads as we took in all the neat sights and looked at all the toys that we’d hope that Saint Nick would bring.

Waiting has been and always will be a part of life.
Some things are worth the wait, and others, aren’t.

The Bible tells of what I’d call the longest wait for a good thing.

As I considered this text, for today, I found myself looking at this old familiar text of the Christmas story we all know so well which we read beginning in verse 18…

18 The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by means of the Holy Spirit. 19 So Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly.
20 But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”
22 Now ...

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