by Ernest Easley

Joseph's Special Dream
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Matthew 1.18-25
December 20, 2009

Involved in the first Christmas .... were angels. In Luke's account we're told that angel Gabriel (which means "God is powerful") came to Mary saying in 1.28, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women." And it was that angel who went on to tell her in verse 31, "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS."
Think of it: every time Gabriel showed up .. his presence alone was an announcement that God is powerful! That was the message of his life! And by the way .. that ought to be the message of the life of every born again child of God: that God is powerful! Our life ought to say to this world: God is powerful! Our family ought to say to this world: God is powerful! Our witness ought to say to this world: God is powerful! Our church ought to be saying to this world: God is powerful!
So in Luke's account of the first Christmas ... an angel was involved. The same is true for Matthew's account. In Luke .. an angel appeared to Mary concerning the birth of the savior. In Matthew .. an angel appeared to Joseph concerning the birth of the savior.
Now we're not told the name of the angel that appeared to Matthew. But as you're about to hear .. what he said to Joseph sure sounds like Gabriel to me. He brought to Joseph the same message that was brought to Mary. You see .. God never contradicts His word!
Well let's see what that message was that the angel delivered to Joseph and what that message meant then .. what it means today and what it means to us personally.
Well .. let's begin reading in Matthew 1.18 as we think together ..
Joseph's Special Dream
Matthew 1.18-25
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a ju ...

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