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Bringing Jesus HomeMatthew 1.18-25 Doug Brownaudio, pdf, and power point available @ karenvineyard.org
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Bridges the gap between the Old and the New Testaments • Quotes from the Old Testament 53 times • Draws from 25 of the 39 Old Testament books Matthew’s Use of the Old Testament
“ I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you.” Galatians 4.19
His human heredity (vv. 1–17) • His divine heredity (vv. 18–25) The Heredity of the King Matt. 1:1–25
vv.18-19When we don’t bring Jesus home“ remember that at that time you were separate from Christ . . . without hope and without God in the world . . .” Ephesians 2.12
But before . . . v.18 • But after . . . . v.20 • All this took place . . . v.22 God’s timing
He had in mind . . . v.19 • He had considered . . . v.20 • Do not be afraid . . . v.20 • You are to give him the name Jesus . . . v.21 Human Calculation vs. God’s design
We cannot go around crisis to hope.We have to go right through crisis to hope.
We exclude ourselves from God’s saving work • We follow the law and not grace • We spend energy avoiding scandal, while missing God’s bigger picture • We don’t know who we really are • We fail to live a fulfilled life • We struggle to make sense of suffering • We live in fear When we don’t bring Jesus home . . .
vv.20-25 Bringing Jesus HomeJesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. John 14.23
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form . . .” Colossians 2.9
“The incarnation is the place where hope contends with fear.” – Kathleen Norris
That we will risk in choosing Him • That we agree that our home is now His home • That we give place to His presence • That we take God at His word • That we are full participants in His story To take Jesus home means . . .
"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because God sent His one and only Son into the world, that we might live through Him." 1 John 4:9
God creates options we had never considered before. • God’s plans are enormous, expansive. • God can make something beautiful out of our mess. • Jesus redeems our despair.