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Matthew 1:18-25

Matthew 1:18-25


Sermon: Jesus the Savior
Bible Passage: Matthew 1:18-25

I. The introduction of the passage “This is the way the birth of Jesus Christ was” (1:18a)

Jesus was going to be born in a home that was dealing with crises

1. Fear of infidelity (breaking of trust) (1:18b)
2. Innocent suffering due to misunderstanding (1:18b)
3. Potential divorce (1:19)
4. Public shame (1:19)
5. Stigma (1:18-19)

II. God has used human being who were flawed like us to accomplish His purpose

1. Tamar
2. Rahab
3. Ruth
4. Bathsheba

III. God works His plans through people, who are willing to be receptive to His ways and plans

1. Prior to God’s visitation with him, Joseph was heart-broken, feeling betrayed, unable to live with the person who had apparently wronged him
2. Prior to taking a decision, Joseph waits on God (cf. verse 20a)

IV. God unfolded His plan to Joseph, “Jesus will save His people from their sins” (verse 21)

1. The word “save” presupposes “someone in danger or in helpless situation”
2. All men were in danger of death and condemnation because of their sin

a. Sin is a serious offense against God
b. Sin brought rift between God and His people
c. Sin created distance between God and His people

3. Man is helpless (total depravity) and is in need of a Savior
4. Jesus is the Savior

V. Joseph was willing to be obedient to God’s plan of salvation despite all difficulties (1:24)

1. Joseph lived with Mary (initially, he wanted to divorce her)
2. Joseph and Mary sacrificially refrained from their personal needs for the sake of honoring God’s plan (1:24)
3. God’s plan kept them together, even when their situation would have kept them apart

Take Away:

Participate in God’s mission by keeping aside your hurts, pains, and inconveniences

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at