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Jesus -- the Guru # 7

B. Jesus’ Nature

Matthew doesn’t give a lot of details about Jesus’ birth. More of the story is found in Luke’s gospel (see chs. 1-2). Matthew does tell us that Jesus was conceived in Mary “through the Holy Spirit.” (1:18, 20; see also vv. 23, 25) Jesus can be called the “God-Man.” He was born with both natures, both divine and human. That is why Matthew quotes Is 7:14. Jesus is “God with us.” (1:23) What Jesus taught and did is from God Himself.

Matthew points out that the name “Jesus” also is filled with meaning for His mission. (1:21) In Hebrew, “Jesus” means “God saves!”

Read Matthew 1:18-25.

18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:23“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”

24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.25But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

We saw in Email #1  how crowds recognized a special “authority” (7:29) in Jesus. They sensed God’s Presence and God’s Word in Him. Jesus Himself spoke with that authority, as we saw in Lesson One, when He said over and over again, “You have heard…. but I tell you…” (5:21ff)

What difference does it make to you that Jesus was God’s Presence and that Jesus’ words are God’s Word?

Looking forward to hearing from you,


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