MATTHEW 1:18-21 JOSEPH ACCEPTS JESUS AS HIS SON 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. MATTHEW 1:18-21 JOSEPH ACCEPTS JESUS AS HIS SON 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 1 TIMOTHY 1:15 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners… GRACE a. Heaven is a free gift – “The wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life. b. It is not earned or deserved. Ephesians 2:8 says “For by grace you are saved through faith, it is a gift from God, not a result of works so that no one can boast.” MAN a. b. Man is a sinner Romans 3:23; all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God He cannot save himself GOD a. God is loving and does not want any to perish. “Love came down at Christmas” b. But God is also just and he cannot let sin go unpunished. JESUS CHRIST a. Who is he – He is the infinite Godman. John 1:1 - The Word Became Flesh 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. b. What did he do? – He died on the cross for our sins. He took your place to satisfy both love and justice! FAITH a. What it is not – it is not merely temporal faith; trust Christ for our temporary things. b. What it is…Faith is trusting in Jesus Christ alone for our Salvation. WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED? a. Repent of your sins. b. Transfer your trust from trusting in yourself to trusting in what Jesus has done for you. HOSEA 14:1-4 1 Return, Israel, to the Lord your God. Your sins have been your downfall! 2 Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. HOSEA 14:1-4 3 Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount warhorses. We will never again say ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion.” 4 “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. Come Home to Christ this Christmas.