by Ernest Easley

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The Similarities of our Births (1 of 2)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Matthew 1.20
December 3, 2006

With only 22 days to Christmas .. take your Bible and turn with me to Matthew 1. Someone has said that Christmas is a time when everybody wants their past forgotten and their present remembered! Amen?
I suppose all us have Christmas on the brain. Well .. beginning in Matthew 1 .. we're reminded tonight that the Christmas story concerns the Savior and the Christian story concerns Salvation. The Christmas story concerns Jesus whereas the Christian story concerns Joy. The Christmas story concerns the Saviors birth whereas the Christian story concerns the Spiritual birth.
In fact .. throughout the Bible .. we find a parallel between the Christmas story and the Christians story. One deals with the Saviors birth while the other one deals with Spiritual birth. And had it not been for the Son's birth .. spiritual birth would not be possible.
So for a few minutes tonight .. I want us to consider the similarities of these two miraculous births. One birth was physical and the other birth spiritual.
We read beginning in Matthew 1.20, "But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit."
Now beginning here in Matthew 1 ... consider with me the similarities of our births: our Lord's physical birth and our spiritual birth.
(1) Both Births were the Work of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew tells us in 1.20, "... for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit." Luke 1.26-35, "Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, ‘Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you, blessed are you amon ...

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