The “Undestroyable”

I don’t guess “undestroyable” is really a word.  Using indestructible seems to apply more to an object.  I feel “undestroyable” fits someone instead of something.  The work Jesus did is indestructible because the Savior who made it is “undestroyable.”  Even at his birth some wanted to destroy him.  It didn’t happen.  Many throughout history have tried to blot out his name.  It can’t be done.  Regardless of what they come up with, Jesus has not been touched by any of their efforts.  Herod didn’t just want to kill Jesus.  He wanted to destroy him.   From Herod to Pilate and beyond, Jesus remains Jesus.  We can rejoice!  If time lasts another 100 years, Jesus will still be here.  The gospel will go on because he is “undestroyable.”

Matthew 2: 13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. 19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life. 21 And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee: 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

In Luke we see the nativity mostly from Mary’s point.  Matthew is the first gospel to be written and before Luke explained more of what happened, we see the role of Joseph.  Before the early church would learn of the angels appearing and the search of the shepherds, they heard about the wise men.  Joseph was asleep and the Lord came into his mind.  If we’ll open up to the Lord he will speak to us.  The Lord told Joseph not to fear to take Mary as his wife.  He said for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.  Be receptive.  If we seek him he’ll open the windows of heaven for us.

After the visit of the wise men, the angel of the Lord told Joseph to leave and go to Egypt for safety.  As soon as Herod died the Lord appeared again to Joseph in a dream and told him arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.  Aren’t you glad that no matter what’s going on, the Lord will tell us what to do?  Joseph and Mary were entrusted with the care of the son of the living God.  Joseph had the privilege of being the guardian and was dedicated to it.  We should take better care of our Savior.  We do have a responsibility.

You wouldn’t think of Egypt as a place of safety but that’s what God provided.  Remember that he provided safety there for Jacob’s family in the time of famine.  When given the okay to go back to Israel Joseph heard that Herod’s son ruled and he hesitated to stay near Bethlehem.  No doubt Archelaus knew of what his father had done in killing all male babies two years and under to destroy Jesus.  Later on the Pharisees got the people to beg for the release of Barabbas to destroy Jesus.  Every generation raises a new bunch that tries to destroy him.  We need to fight the good fight and keep the faith.  The one called Jesus is “undestroyable” and the gift in us is indestructible.  Don’t be afraid of the Herod’s of this world.  We need to take care of Jesus.  He’s the awesome gift.  If we could hear from Joseph tonight he’d charge us as God’s people to take care of the son of God.

God will make a way.  The route around the devil is there.  There’re a lot of enemies against Christianity and the Bible.  The name of Jesus is nothing more than a curse word to some.  Follow the star.  Listen to the voice of God.

In the end the Lord moved them right back to Nazareth where it began.  He was raised there in the carpenter’s shop.  Our goal is to take care of the good news and let others know who Jesus is.  It is no secret what God can do.  He is “undestroyable.”  He’ll take care of us every step of the way.

Later on Luke sat down with Mary and got the details he wrote in Luke 1 and 2.  The Holy Spirit helped him write as Mary told him what happened.  Let Joseph and Mary be the role models for us so that we’ll do the same for Jesus as they did in their day.  Let people know near and far that Jesus is ours!

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