LEADERSHIP TRAINING MEDITATION
MATTHEW 1:23 (NIV)
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
Jesus is the Messiah.
• Matthew gives an account of the miraculous conception of Jesus. God was His Father. He was divine as well as human.
• There are several references to Mary’s virginity, not only at the time of conception, but also throughout her pregnancy and for some time beyond.
• Matthew provides overwhelming proof that Jesus fulfilled many of the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament.
• Justice is not merely a matter of punishment and shame but also a matter of mercy.
• Mary and Joseph chose to embrace shame in order to preserve the sacredness of God’s call.
• In a world where trust is generally dangerous, the broken and oppressed find in Jesus, a Savior they can trust.
• Matthew’s entire narrative of the virgin birth explains and exalts the character of God and God’s limitless love.
• Through Matthew’s characterization of Joseph, he exhorts us to temper justice with compassion.
• Even while Jesus is in Mary’s womb, the angel declares that He would bear the name, Jesus, because He will save people from their sins. (Matthew 1:23)