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God's Unique Son   Matt 1:18-2:3, 2:7-11   Sept. 02, 2007

Introduction
Jesus is God's Unique Son. He is unique in birth, life, death, resurrection, and no one will return to this earth like God's Unique Son.

1. The . . Pregnancy For God's Unique Son. 1:18-21

<>     A.    The . . Virginity Of The Pregnancy For God's Unique Son.
         
18 The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it
was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.


        B.    The . . Valiant Action Of The Pregnancy For God's Unique Son.
        19 T
o her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to
divorce her secretly. 20 But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to
him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, don't be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has
been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus,
because He will save His people from their sin.

    God's Son Jesus Christ came to this earth in a unique manner. Only God would have though of using a virgin birth. Men would have by-passed this and would have wound up with a baby with sinful nature, and thereby ruined their plan. God knew it would take a virgin birth to bring a son without a sin nature. Then God needed a valiant man like Joseph to whom he could explain the plan, and have him believe it and participate in it. Joseph knew the world needed a Messiah, and he valiantly acted to the leading of the Lord.

2. The . . Prophecy Of God's Unique Son. 1:22-25

<>        A.    The Prophecy . . Fulfilled. 1:22-23
            22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated "God is with us."

       B.   The
Prophecy . . Followed. 1:24-25
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4 When Joseph got up from sleeping, he did as the Lord's angel had commanded him. He married her 25 but did not know her intimately until she gave birth to a son. And he named Him Jesus.

    God does not make predictions, or give prophecies that He does not plan to fulfill. Multitudes of his prophecies are ready for our observation, and we see He did just what He said He was going to do. So when we look at some that have not been fulfilled we simple need to draw additional faith from the fulfilled prophecies.

God promised His Son would come to this earth, and He did. God prophecy for the return of His Son still remains to be fulfilled, but we can trust Him to fulfill His promises exactly as prophesied. Joseph followed the Lord's direction. We need to be obedient just like Joseph as the Lord directs us.

3. The . . Pursuit Of God's Unique Son 2:1-3, 7-8

        A.    Pursuing God's Son Through The . . Stars. 2:1-3 
            1  After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem, 2 saying, "Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him." 3 When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.

             B.   Pursuing God's Son Through The . . Sending. 2:7-8
               
Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, report back to me so that I too can go and worship Him."

< style="font-weight: bold;"> God used a pagan king to help the wise men find the babe as they innocently came asking about the star that gave them direction. Why would these men follow a star? It must have been a very unusual star to excite these men, and cause them to travel the distance they traveled. The King asked the learned men in his entourage and they checked the scriptures. Why didn't the wise men know these scriptures if they knew this star belonged to a king who was born in this area. I can ask more questions than I have answers. The star guided, and the King sent them to Bethlehem. These men diligently pursued God's Unique Son.

4. The . . Presentations For God's Unique Son 2:9-11

<>          A.  The Presentation Of . . Worship For God's Unique Son. 2:9-11a
           
9 After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was -- the star they had seen in the east!  
It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed beyond measure. 11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him. . . ."


          B.   The Presentation Of . . Worthy Gifts For God's Unique Son. 2:11b
                ". . .
Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

        Today if you are going to see a baby you bring gifts, but suppose it is a kingly baby? What kind of gifts should you bring? If you add to this event that the baby is the Messiah; proper gifts must include worship. How do you worship a baby? These wise men fell to their knees in adoration. Did you note that the King stated he wanted to worship this child? He may have used the same word, but his intend did not interest the Lord. He really did not want to worship, God's Unique Son? Amen? Amen!