Hi, today the pastor preached on Mathew 1:18-25. And that is pretty much about how Mary was going to be married to Joseph but the Holy Spirit made her conceive a child. So Joseph made a decision to quietly divorce her but then and angel came to him in a dream and told him that what Mary said was true, that’s what is basically about.
And the pastor had 4 points and they were:
- Are we honorable in pride and ego
- Are we honorable in public
- Are we honorable in private
- Are we honorable in following God’s plans for our lives.
And the pastor said that Joseph was honorable. And on the first point he said that Joseph was honorable in pride and ego because he could have divorced Mary publicly and humiliated her or killed her. And that was sacrificing or being honorable in his pride and ego because it probably hurt him to think that she had laid with another man.
And Jesus was honorable in His pride and ego at the cross because He humbled Himself to be born of a virgin and actually die on the cross for our sins.
Anyway on the second point (are we honorable in public) the pastor said that Joseph was honorable in public because he was going to divorce Mary quietly like I said before. And so he was righteous (as the NIV puts it) in doing that.
And Jesus was honorable publicly because He was humble and perfect. But He sacrificed being perfect by dying for our sins on the cross.
And on the third point (are we honorable in private) the pastor said that Joseph was honorable in private because he could have killed Mary for adultery, because the proof was that she was pregnant.
And Jesus was honorable in private because He didn’t sin or anything like that in private. And He even died for our sins!
Also on the fourth (are we honorable in following God’s plans for our life) the pastor said that Joseph was honorable because he followed through with the marriage and all of that.
And Jesus was honorable in following God’s plan for His life (even though He was and is God) because He died on the cross all for our sins! You don’t just say “I want to die on the cross” that wouldn’t be apart of anybody’s plans, especially if you’re dying for other peoples sins, which Jesus did.
That’s my summary of the sermon, I hope you enjoyed it!
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.