Coming Up This Week – December 12, 2011

This Sunday at Immanuel Pastor John will continue a series of Advent messages on how the incarnation of Jesus informs the ministry and practices of the church. This Sunday we will look at the teaching of scripture in Matthew 1: 18-25. Here we find the story of Joseph, who was engaged to be married to Mary. Joseph decides not to expose Mary to public disgrace (vs. 19), as the law required. The OT Suffering Servant passage in Isaiah 42 lies behind this text. Joseph is following the heart of God’s law which calls for his people to defend the defenseless in their time of need. In doing so we see that God has raised Joseph up for such a time as this. He, like Mary, is a God-fearing person, and is called and led by God to act on God’s behalf in this special time of God’s revealing grace in the birth of Jesus.

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