AFTER CHRISTMAS

Gregory Magruder        Parkview Baptist     Gainesville, FL      12/30/18
 
“After Christmas”
Matthew 2:11-23
 
INTRODUCTION: Mary and Joseph found themselves in a new situation.  They were away from home with a new child and had been surrounded by shepherds and wise men and prophets with strange tales.  They were awed and excited.  Life was filled with expectancy and hope.  Then tragedy hit.  Trouble was brooding in a jealous king and threatened their lives and their newborn son.  After Christmas trouble comes.  After the good times trouble comes.  It seems to be an unwritten law that after any spiritual, material or emotional high times of trouble, confusion or depression hit us.  How are we to deal with these times?  Mary and Joseph provide us with a godly response in Matthew 2:11-23.
 
HOLD ON TO THE PROMISES OF GOD.
 
*Mary and Joseph both had promises from God that they could cling to (Matt. 1:20-23 and Luke 1:29-38).
 
*When we are troubled or down or disappointed we need to go to the Word of God and lean on God’s promises. Mary and Joseph walking to Egypt only had the words of the angel to trust.
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” (13).
 
BE OBEDIENT TO WHAT YOU KNOW TO BE TRUE.
 
*Joseph obeyed the word.  He acted on the light that he had. 
 
  • He married Mary and named her son. “When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus” (1:24-25)
  • He fled to Egypt with his family.  “And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod” (2:14-15).
 
*The temptation is to sit or rebel when we are in tight spots.
 
TRY TO GET THE LARGER PICTURE.
 
*Joseph obeyed step by step but did not know the larger plans or purposes behind his move to Egypt. 
 
  • He escaped to Egypt in fulfillment of prophecy. “And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt…This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son’” (2:14-15).
 
  • He listened to God’s guidance and warnings and settled in a safe place predicted by the prophets.  “And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene” (2:21-23)
 
*Don’t ever think that your present situation is your final situation.  God has larger purposes in mind.
 
KNOW THAT GOD WILL PROVIDE EVEN IN THE TIME OF TROUBLE.
 
*Mary and Joseph were poor.   How could they make a trip to Egypt?   God took care of that with the gifts from the wise men.  And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. (2:11).
 

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