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Day 5: A Peculiar Turn of Events

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Matthew 1:18-25 (TNIV)

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 a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

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.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”  (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

What a mess this must have seemed to Joseph!  Instead of experiencing the joy of preparing for his wedding, Joseph finds out Mary is pregnant and is faced with the agonizing decision of divorcing her.  God then sends His angel to Joseph to reveal His wonderful plans, and as Joseph immediately follows God’s instruction, we see an example of faithfulness in his life that defies reality.  It is this supernatural touch of God in Joseph’s life that “kept him” faithful to the plans God had for both him and Mary.  These plans were for God’s incarnation, Jesus – the beautiful revolution.

God’s faithfulness, when embraced and trusted, when shared and experienced together, will bring blessing and life to all those around us. It is an invitation to know God deeply, and as a result, we will be able to know and trust one another with the plans God has for us, seeing His faithfulness revealed in the Beautiful Revolution for this generation.

Responding to the Transmitted Message:

Spend time in prayer today letting God know that you do want to know Him deeply, and ask the Lord to help you trust in Him. Depending upon Him, say ‘yes!’ again to His good plans for our lives. Let’s also ask Him to helps us share and experience His faithfulness together in greater measure, bringing life and blessing through us to all those around us.

Day 4: History, Help, and our Hope

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Day 3: God Defined, Humanity Redefined…..

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Day 2: Christ Defined……

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Adultery-Faithfulness

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Day 1: God Defined……

Monday, November 16th, 2009