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The Christmas Story
Dr. Stan Coffey
We want to look at the Christmas story. This is the story of Joseph. Joseph is one who is almost obscure in Christmas story. He is the early father of Jesus. But we have no recorded words of Joseph. Joseph is just not attributed any kind of conversation or any kind of words in scripture; yet he's a man who played a tremendous role in the coming of Jesus into this world, because it was he that God chose to be the earthly father of Jesus. Every child needs two fathers: every child needs an earthly father to give him guidance and wisdom and to train him up in the way he should go in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, but every child also needs a heavenly father. God is their heavenly father as they come to know Christ as their Savior. Although Joseph was a man of few words, Joseph was a man that God chose because He was a man who had a heart for God. The Bible says he was as righteous man; he was a straight man. He was a man of integrity; he was a man of love for the Lord.
We're going to see first of all Joseph's dilemma. After having established in the first seventeen versus that Jesus Christ is the rightful heir of Abraham, the Messiah, He is the rightful heir of David having come through the lineage of David, and He is the Son of God. The Bible goes on now to say this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph. But before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Here is Joseph's dilemma: before they came together, Mary was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. Let me just say this was a dilemma. Just imagine today if you had been engaged to a fiancee for a number of years, and then just prior to the time when you were to get married and finalize your wedding and take your vows, you find out that your spouse, the woman that you're going to marry, is with ...
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