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DEC. 18. ADVENT. WK. 3. (B). FRI. MATT. 1. 18-24

This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the 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 she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:


The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son

and they will call him Emmanuel,

a name which means ‘God-is-with-us.’


When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do: he took his wife to his home.


We must bow down in adoration and Worship before our Creator at the events we are about to commemorate at Christmas: “This is how Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Redeemer of sinful Mankind, came to be born”, an event that even the Angels must have ‘scratched their heads about’, and asked “why”?


There is nothing here that is in accord with human “wisdom” or “intelligence”; - quite the contrary; - it simply makes no sense for the Creator of the Universe to become a creature within the womb of one of his creatures; - and to then subject himself to them after his birth in a stable; - and to go on and sacrifice his life on a Cross in reparation for the sins of his Creatures?


But it is not just the circumstances of his birth that leaves us “scratching our heads”, as then we have to look at how he lived, and what he taught as, again everything is in total opposition to human wisdom?


He lived in Nazareth for thirty of his thirty-three years; - a hidden and unknown location where he worked as an apprentice carpenter; and where nobody at all was made aware of his divinity or his mission?


And then we have his lessons: ‘Blessed are the poor in Spirit, the Kingdom of God is theirs?’ – ‘Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart?’ – ‘If a man hits you on one cheek, - offer him the other cheek as well?’ – ‘Love your enemies?’ – ‘If any man has a mind to come my way, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me?’Etc. Etc.


And then he tells us if we want to find happiness, we should learn from him, and imitate him?


Clearly, the central lesson we are being taught here, by God, is that we should give our hearts and our minds to the Will of our Creator; - not the pleasures and attractions of the world; - or, to put it another way; - we should love God, and Neighbour; - before ourselves?


Christ’s motivation in becoming one of us, was the same motivation he wants us to have, namely; - “Love of Godand “Love of Neighbour; - The Great Commandment!!

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