Who He Is

Matthew 1: 16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations. 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

While still a virgin Mary conceived of the Holy Spirit.  Joseph was his earthly father not his natural father.  Jesus was the Son of God, but on this earth he was the son of Joseph.  Matthew lets us know he was the Christ.  In chapter 1 the genealogy of Joseph is given.  In those days it was the man’s lineage that mattered.  The woman’s was secondary.  This lets us know the descendants all the way back to Adam.  When it came to Jesus the Bible says of Joseph that Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is call Christ.  Jesus was of God.  Without Christ his name would be incomplete.  Several people used that name.  It is the New Testament rendering of the Old Testament Joshua and means Savior or deliverer. It’s a popular name in Spanish cultures today.

Being the Son of God, he is the Christ. We know this Jesus is the only one called Christ and will forever be the only one.  It is a title as well as a name. We all have titles, but they are not our name.  Jesus is called Christ because that’s who and what he is.  Many have claimed to be the Christ over the years, but they led to a dead end.  One is all we need and one is all there is.  The world was introduced to God’s son, the only anointed Messiah.  The Jesus we trust is the Christ, the only Son of God.

Joseph was betrothed to a virgin.  The Holy Ghost came upon her and she begat the Son of God, the Savior for the entire world.  He can save us because of who he is—the anointed of God.  John 20:31 states but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.  This is Christmas.  When Jesus comes into our lives, a whole lot goes out.  The gift of Jesus lasts forever.  I’m glad to know him as the Christ.  We can rejoice because the Jesus we trust is life everlasting.

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