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God is Not Distant

Lent 2021

Read Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.' 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 'Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel' (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Many would say that if there is a God, He is merely a spectator that does not interact with this world. In the birth of Jesus we see the very opposite to be true. God Himself comes into this world. He takes on our flesh. Not only does He interact with this world, but He intervenes on behalf of His creation. He is born into this world to “save His people from their sins.” And God continues to interact and intervene in our lives, for our benefit, by the work of the Holy Spirit, and with the power of His Word.


Holy Spirit, be at work in my life. Encourage my faith, speak Your truth, and open my eyes to see all You are doing. Amen.

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