Mary was engaged to Joseph. The Bible makes it clear that there is
a great difference between engagement and marriage. But things are evil in our day. Most
do not keep their engagement vows. Others do not even get engaged but simply live together
as if theyre married. Our text says that Mary and Joseph did not come together,
visiting each other, while they were engaged.
God created the universe. The Bible says that the earth is the
Lords. We are on His property. He is the owner. So if the earth is the Lords
and were not living His holy life, we are guilty before the Lord. One of the names
of the Lord Jesus is Lord or King. He is highly exalted. He has
the whole world in His hands.
We are taught in the Our Father prayer to pray that
Gods will be done on earth as in heaven (Matt 6:10). Imagine what it will be if
we all pray that Gods will be done in us as it is done in heaven.
It will be like heaven on earth. In many cases Gods will is not being done. In fact,
its not a reflection of heaven, but rather of Sodom and Gomorrah. Is Gods will
being done on earth when people want to kill and murder each other?
The Name Jesus means Saviour, for He will save His people
from their sins (Matt 1:21). He came to save sinners, us, who have lost our position
If you steal, you are guilty before the owner of the earth, who
said, you shall not steal. Have you taught that to your children? We are not to just teach
them the law. That is easy. But Jesus instructed us to teach them to keep whatever He told
us (Matt 28:20). Your child isnt taught the right way unless it keeps what it is
taught. Its not enough just to know it (Matt 7:24). If you claim to know Jesus but
your life is not transformed, it is a lie. Meeting with Jesus works a thorough
transformation (2Cor 5:17). Jesus changes even the person with loose morals to keep
what He has taught us and stop being immoral. Its not even necessary to testify that
youve met with Jesus, for your life will radiate that youve met with Him.
Other people will testify to the fact (Acts 4:13).
In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus went a little distance to pray
alone. And He prayed that if it were possible the cup would pass from Him. When He
returned He found the disciples fast asleep. While He was praying, His sweat were as it
were great drops of Blood (Luke 22:44). What was in the cup that Jesus drank, that caused
Him such agony? It was filled with my and your sins. It must have been the most difficult
thing for the Holy One to identify with our sin! He drank our filth, our grudges, anger,
and irritability. And even the sins that should not be mentioned from the pulpit when
children are around.
The Bible tells us to flee youthful lusts (2Tim 2:22). And
thats not just symbolically in your thoughts, but also physically with your body,
even as the angel told Joseph to take the mother and Child and flee to Egypt (Matt 2:13).
If he didnt flee literally the Child would have been killed. But he obeyed and fled,
and remained there, until he heard that Herod was dead.
Some ask how they will get married if they dont get to know
their future spouse. But you might see a pretty peach of a girl and dont know that
deep inside is a worm. God knows the heart.
If you follow the Lord your children, parents and parents in law
will be blessed. But if you forsake Him, your grandchildren will one day speak about your
evil ways with sadness.