Posts from December 2019

Posts from December 2019

The Name Jesus – Matthew 1:21

She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) Pastor John’s Notes: The name Jesus means “God Saves.” In Hebrew, it is also the same name as Joshua, the aide to Moses, who led God’s people out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land. The angel told Joseph to give Mary’s child the name “Jesus” in fulfillment of a prophecy in Zechariah chapter…

Conceived of the Holy Spirit – Matthew 1:20-21

But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20:21) Pastor John’s Notes: The Bible refers to Jesus as the Second…

The Love of Joseph – Matthew 1:18-19

This week, we will look at the love of Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus Christ. Joseph’s devotion to God and Mary played an essential role in Jesus’ early life. The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant from the Holy Spirit. So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to…

The Result of Doubt – Luke 1:19-20

The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and tell you this good news. Now listen. You will become silent and unable to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.” (Luke 1:19-20) Pastor John’s Notes: Zechariah and Elizabeth had prayed for a child for many years. When an angelic messenger…

Zechariah’s Doubt – Luke 1:18

“How can I know this?” Zechariah asked the angel. “For I am an old man, and my wife is well along in years.” (Luke 1:18) Pastor John’s Notes: Zechariah had prayed for many years for a son. When God finally granted his request, he doubted, even when the message was given by an angel. Perhaps it was natural for him to have some doubt since he and his wife were well beyond childbearing years. But we ought never forget the…

Preparing Others for Christ – Luke 1:16-17

He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to make ready for the Lord a prepared people.” (Luke 1:16-17) Pastor John’s Notes: God sent Jesus into the world to create a new nation of people from all across the globe. This new nation…

Being Filled with the Holy Spirit – Luke 1:14-15

There will be joy and delight for you, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord and will never drink wine or beer. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother’s womb. (Luke 1:14-15) Pastor John’s Notes: Zecharaiah and Elizabeth were the parents of John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ. John was a prophet and was charged by God with the task of…

God Hears Our Prayers – Luke 1:11-13

An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was terrified and overcome with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. (Luke 1:11-13) Pastor John’s Notes: God hears the prayer of righteous people. He listens when we humble ourselves before him. God…

The Hope of Zechariah – Luke 1:5-11

This week, we will study the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth, who were the parents of John the Baptist, the great prophet who was the forerunner of Jesus.  In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest of Abijah’s division named Zechariah. His wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord. But they had…