Sermon Audio: Fear Not, Just Obey
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 1:18-25
Size: 17.1 MB
Fear Not, Christmas
Fear Not, Just Obey
This is week three of our fear not series, this Advent we are looking at the various times the words “Fear Not” or “Do not be afraid”, show up in the Christmas story.
We don’t know a whole lot about Joseph, we know that he was a carpenter, that he lived in Nazareth and that his family was originally from Bethlehem.
I’m sure that the couple was doing all the things that couples do to get ready for wedding.
But what could he do? He had trusted her, he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, but for her to go and … it just wasn’t right.
When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.
Because Joseph Obeyed, Mary Had a Husband
In both cases who Mary was, was tied to Joseph.
We don’t know the full conversation between Joseph and the angel, but we know that Joseph understood that until Jesus was born that even though they were living as husband and wife that Mary was to remain a virgin.
Because Joseph Obeyed, Jesus Had a Father
It was Sigmund Freud who wrote “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”
Because Joseph Obeyed, He Paid a Price
Sometimes we operate under the assumption that if we are obedient that everything will be fine, but that isn’t always the way it works.