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Yahweh Saves "Matthew" [1 of 37] Tim Mackie (The Bible Project) 9/14/2014

Feb 22, 2022
be a reading from uh

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chapter 1 verses 18 to 25. now the birth of jesus christ christ happened in this way when his mother mary was betrothed to joseph before they got together she was found to be pregnant with the holy spirit and joseph, her husband, being a just man and not willing to shame her, he decided to secretly divorce her, but while he was considering these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said: Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to receive Mary like yours woman because what is begotten in her is from the holy spirit she will give birth to a son and you will call his name jesus because he will save the people from their sins all this happened so that what the lord had said through the prophet be fulfilled behold the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will call his name emmanuel which means god with us when joseph woke up from sleep he did as the angel of the lord ordered him he took his wife but did not know her until she gave birth to a son and called his name jesus right it's christmas september right that's the only time we bring up these

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stories right it's christmas it's for reading and thinking about christmas um next two weeks uh we're on this series on

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now and for the next two weeks we are going to be camping on these stories about the birth of jesus the circumstances of his birth in matthew chapters one and two of the four biographies biographical accounts of jesus in e the new testament two have information about jesus family history and birth story and so on the gospel of matthew and then also the gospel of luke and these you know these are stories they are traditional they are probably familiar to you even if you didn't grow up in the church or something like that um because it's the iconic Christmas stories of the wise men and the star and the manger and all this kind of stuff, but uh, what I think that familiarity does is it affects us, it affects our imaginations and we tend not to think that we'll be surprised or learn something significant or new from these stories because after all, you've been hearing them for a long time or whatever, so we're going to dismantle that real quick. the next two weeks these stories are really meaningful and profound and the reason matthew has included them in this account of jesus is not just because he likes history and believes that only historical events are meaningful if matthew only thought that things they were interesting about the life of jesus so he just compiled everything you could tell the book would be much bigger than the whole

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of course so he selected really really only selected five stories to start this account of the life of jesus and they are all connected to the story of his origins actually look at the first look at the first word the first sentence of the gospel of matthew and this is uh matthew starts with a genealogy as you will remember if you were here last week and the word does everyone have the word genealogy at the beginning here matthew first sentence this is the genealogy of jesus messiah are you all with me here genealogy est o is what's interesting and we've only been here for a few minutes and already speaking of greek i'm so sorry um the word with which matthew begins his gospel um it's a word it's a greek word but you know it you know it because it's a word that comes directly to the english and it is the greek word genesis or in english we say genesis yes so he begins it says literally this is the book of genesis of jesus messiah and what follows genealogy now in what we are looking at today if you look at verse 18 the new international version it says this is how the birth of jesus the messiah came about do we all have a birth? you're all looking at something that says birth right there depending on what translation you have there might be a handful of you that have something different or maybe if you have a footer. you go downstairs and you read that and it says or could be translated this is how the origins of jesus the messiah came about and you can guess what greek word matthew has repeated here in verse 18 notice the direction of the point on my arm right here so yeah he used the exact same word he used, only it's not a genealogy, it's a birth story, so our English translator says wow, how do you do genesis in this context?
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I guess we'll translate it birth here but the genealogy in the first sentence isn't that interesting that you want to become a translator for a living it's actually very hard work so the point is it's not just about birth because it's also about birth it's about the whole story of his family but it's not just about his family tree it's the actual story of how jesus was born and the concept really the underlying concept this is matthew has started uh this account of jesus life with the story of the origins of jesus and i think this is a useful word to get a t what you're doing here with genesis because in our culture we actually use this word in a very similar way to what matthew is doing in these stories if i say uh, you know let's say you meet with a counselor or a therapist or something and you know you want to start they want to start the conversation talking about your family origins what does that mean?
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It's kind of a loaded concept in our culture now because we're talking about how you've been shaped by all of your experience not just your birth story all of your experience of how you were raised how you were raised was it was a parent or two um siblings and temperaments and from your parents and all those kinds of things are wrapped up in this package that we call your family of origin and of course you know a therapist or counselor a good therapist a counselor isn't going to do that just to go over the past the goal is to illuminate the present you're you with me the goal is you actually come to understand new things about yourself through learning about your origins and for mateo it's exactly the same he selected five stories to highlight the origins of jesus because he is convinced that each of these stories will help you helps significantly to understand an aspect of who jesus is not who he was but who he is right now here in the present and even as he tells us the origins of jesus to help us understand who jesus is in the present even then has an even bigger goal than just telling us about jesus and this becomes this comes down to what the whole gospel of matthew is about matthew wants to put this figure in front of you jesus of nazareth and he just goes to him very rarely matthew is going to back off and as a storyteller storyteller how to tell you what is happening he will just introduce you to jesus with all his stories about his teachings and constantly put the ball under your court to have to deal with this man like the sacred cow that is this per son and what is this all about and matthew is going to continue introducing us to jesus because he is convinced that in reality you and I as we get to know jesus we are also getting to know ourselves At the same time, Matthew believes that it is really only through knowing Jesus that you and I can truly understand the truth about ourselves and who we are, which is why you are The stories about the origins of Jesus aren't really just cute stories about how amazing Jesus was born, he actually wants us to get a new perspective on who Jesus is and who we are.
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I just want to pause on that concept for a second because I think what has been helpful to me at least in reading this very familiar story about the virgin birth of jesus and so on is that the jesus we are being here is being introduced to a jesus that as we get to know him, we are actually being invited to get to know each other ourselves even better at the same time and I'm going to pause and explore it and it also gives me an excuse to show my kids to everyone because the photos of my kids are amazing and to tell a story about them now I do this every other month or less, just indulge me, I mean, if you could show your photo to hundreds of people at once, wouldn't you do it too anyway? these are my little friends a little roman on the right he just turned three this summer a bit of august on the left um this was august of the first real weekend playing on the beach um because he was a baby during the winter is not the best time to visit the oregon coast and as you can see here is also a very typical oregon coast summer day which means cloudy and slightly drizzle so anyway here we are on the day on the beach before this summer and um whatever it's amazing they're so cool they're adorable and i love talking about them me and jessica we live we live with them we live with these guys everyday everyday we live with them and it's been the most amazing and difficult in the s A time that we have that we have experienced and specifically you know they come in ready to rock I mean they are ready to come out with full personalities you know in the first week we learned that Roman is a little bit stressed I ate all the time for no discernible reason you know and he's a little uptight you know August is a little more laid back and he laughs a lot more and so on so here we are three roman years a year for August we spend every day getting to know them and we're getting to know their unique temperaments and personalities but here's what's happening is that at the same time i'm getting to know them jessica and i are also getting to know ourselves so uh the last three years have exposed new depths of selfishness within me, for example, and you know moments when, like my little dream scenario of how this morning or afternoon he'll fall to pieces on the floor from diapers and tears and skinned knees or whatever and Then and then I get angry.
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I'm like damn. I couldn't do this or that or whatever. The flip side of that is all these new delivery capabilities that I've discovered within myself because a lot of times I have to do things for them and it's not convenient and I don't even think about the fact that it's not convenient. convenient i just do it because they're awesome and i love them so i found i really like that you know something flawed about me and i like this kind of redeeming part of my character too. I found that I get frustrated very easily. when things don't go the way I want and I find they bring out this goofy, goofy side of me that no one else sees because they're just my boys and we wrestle and play elephant and whatever and you're me I'm never going to do elephant with you, I'm sorry, it's never going to happen, so this is the point here.
That's my point in this relationship that I have with these guys. I am getting to know myself as well as them. Are you with me on that point? And this is true. This is my most recent experience but this is true of all of our closest relationships, you could put a picture of two of the most important people in your life on the screen for all of us and we would love to see them and hear the story and one of the things I'm sure of that one of the things would be that in some ways your relationship with this person is amazing but also that relationship has brought out all this awareness and growth in you as well that's why we value people in our lives it's because they enrich us and we learn about ourselves as much as we learn about them this i think is exactly what matthew is trying to do with us especially when he tells us about the origins of jesus he is putting jesus on the screen for us and saying that the meaning of who jesus is as you get to know him, he is w We write this book for the disciples and communities of disciples of Jesus and, to m As you and I get to know him, as we grow in our awareness of his presence and relationship with him, we grow in our knowledge of ourselves and who Jesus is, especially in a story like the one we are seeing. in the next two weeks he helps us learn about ourselves as much as he did you guys with me on that point okay let's read let's dive back into the story again with that on our minds and I think it will open up some things for us so we are told in verse 18 that this is how the genesis of jesus came about and let's be honest this is a pretty weird story the bible is weird guys so you have this couple. mary and joseph right and you have to imagine the scene here this is a small town where they will eventually settle and their families are theirs they are from this town called nazareth now it is a big iconic tourist site that was not before uh before this uh nazareth the archaeologists have unearthed 1st century nazareth and it's small it's podunk it's no more than 500 people living actually it's more of a collection of large families extended family houses about 500 people small town and it's a very traditional Jewish culture and how marriages happen in very traditional old jewish culture like many traditional cultures in the world today who is the lead in the marriage the people getting married or the parents yeah that's exactly right so the israelite jewish culture is a fiddler on the roof.
I know the song so it's about the parents and the parents you know and it's a small town everyone knows each other and when these kids are little, they're 10-13 years old, their parents have already had the conversation like it's the union has already been made, sothat joseph and mary have a history like they've known each other for a long time and the way the process goes is that at some point they reach their mid to late teens and then the parents meet and negotiate an actual marriage contract and It's very official, like there are witnesses, the people in the community are there and for all intents and purposes it's much more than engagement in our culture and look at what it says here it says they were engaged they were engaged and then it turns out that she is pregnant and so on and so joseph had it in his mind to divorce her quietly now just think about it would we use that word to describe the breaking of engagement in our culture no, for us divorce is related to the breaking of the actual marriage covenant and that's how serious this engagement was this family engagement and after a year after that engagement place would typically be a year then uh the fiancé d e the bride to move into the husband's house that has been preparing for her for about a year so we are in this final stage there are years of history for this couple and it turns out until she is pregnant now how well is it going to go you know that because you are joseph the story is told primarily from his perspective luke's story is told with a lot of personal perspective from mary matthews told from the personal perspective of joseph and you re joseph and as your fiancé years fiancé come imagine the conversation for oh god she's like she's pregnant ok that's not good that's not good at all just in that fact alone and then like that who and how and you know well the holy spirit is making a human inside of me you're like well, that's who's going to believe that, did joseph believe it?
No it doesn't actually seem like it does because it actually takes a vision from an angel and a dream to convince you to like change change course here this is really weird and joseph knows what's going to happen here if you meet a pregnancy teenager in that kind of town in that kind of traditional culture this doesn't bode well for mary for her family her reputation an and Joseph, right, he's a kind man, he has every legal right to break off, you know, the engagement and not he wants to do it publicly, he's being nice, but he clearly thinks this is really fucked up and like a miscarriage. the holy spirit happens that way, right?
Joseph seems as incredulous as many people in our culture when they hear this story too, so it takes this vision, this vision, an ordinary dream, for Joseph to realize hearing this divine messenger like oh my gosh ! wow this is this is true this is true now matthew as he tells the story first if lets say the story was made up to make jesus look awesome is this really the kind of story you would fabricate if you were trying to present jesus as this amazing hero of incredible pedigree and presenting him to the world as the savior and son of god is this the kind of story you would tell i mean what this scandal is intrigue raises moral issues and illegitimate you know pregnancy etc like the sacred cow, so there's no reason to tell this story unless you're preserving the memory of things that actually happened as part of Jesus' origins story and even more interesting is Matthew knows that he knows for sure that he's treading on thin ice um in the greek and roman world there are many stories about the different gods and goddesses taking human form, having sex with humans and giving birth to the great dio ses or whatever, if you've seen any, you know that Greek mythology movies are popular. by now you've seen them whatever the iliad the odyssey that kind of thing and even like the great homer's great iliad and so on achilles you know that one of the main heroes of homer's iliad is a hero of history and was born of a a great goddess and a great great warrior a roman soldier and so on and these stories are very common and so matthew knows he wants to separate what is happening here from what is happening on the soap opera. greek and roman mythology and who is the agent that is the divine through which this life within mary is generated says it twice what is holy spirit now that is interesting like why doesn't it just say well through the power of god or something like that why the spirit the spirit is mentioned twice must be significant now this is free so matthew has started his jesus story by telling us twice this is the story of a genesis this is the story of a genesis you can think of another genesis story in which the spirit is the one that works to create and sustain life where there would otherwise be no life, can you think of that, oh right, as the book of genesis, as page one, page one from your bibles, let me refresh your memories in the beginning that God created? the heavens what's up there and the earth what's down here now what's down here the earth was formless and empty darkness on the surface of the abyss so god is responsible for doing all that's how he makes this chaos take c watery wasteland and in the middle of that dark and lifeless place that is there floating the divine presence who the spirit the spirit we talked about this in the series of the holy spirit uh a few months ago and the personal presence the same breath presence life animating power of the creator god is there in the midst of that darkness and from there comes the rest of genesis one a garden of life and beauty and goodness and so on and it seems to me that matthew is trying to say something very similar here at the beginning of his genesis story of jesus that what happened with the birth of jesus is not about the holy spirit having sex with mary or something this is actually this is not about sex it is about creation it is about l a generation of life where there once was no life is marking the generation of this life human life jesus as utterly unique and unprecedented there is something completely unique happening here we call it the virgin birth and it b became a familiar part of the western culture etc but this is absolutely extraordinary this is a new generation of human beings living human now let's continue in the story of verse 21 so Mary is going to give birth to a son and you were going to name him of jesus because he will save his people from their sins and here you have verse 21 this is where all the money is here in this story the first part of where the money is this is where the story gives us an idea of ​​who jesus is and Therefore, who are we, then she will give birth to this absolutely unique child whose life has been generated within her.
It's really hard. How do you talk about something like the virgin birth, except to say? of a fertilized egg inside the womb of an unmarried Jewish teenage girl that's the Christian origins story right there it's just a holy cow who would have thought of this so she gives birth to this son and she's all about the meaning of your name and connection. ted to what he is going to do you have to give him the name jesus because he will save now uh again we will put this on the screen just because i think it is kinda helpful so the meaning of his name in hebrew actually how you would have pronounced his full name in hebrew the traditional form is up huh yehoshua yehoshua which is where we get the name joshua in english too but for language geeks they will find this interesting over time if they say they actually can if you say yahushua say it 10 times fast then but if you say it 10 times fast you'll find your mouth wanting to shorten it to shorthand and that's where we get uh yeshua say do it just do it yoshua yoshi you want to shorten it don't you?
So what and the common way it was shortened to was yeshua when that hebrew name was spelled with greek letters it was tren it was spelled and pronounced as jesus jesus which is where we get as spanish and european romance languages ​​languages ​​for jesus and then somehow in english along the way i became a j and you get jesus jesus and that's ok jesus uh the sound of yeshua has a more poetic tone yeah anyway so the meaning the meaning of the name uh yeho is a shortened form of the divine name

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and yeshua is part of the hebrew root for save or release or rescue now with that in mind go back to verse 21 and think carefully about the meaning of this announcement she will give birth to a son they are going to name him

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salva because he will save his people from their sins what is the meaning of his name yahweh salva what is he going to do who will save yahweh

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he will save wait no who will save yahweh o yahweh save ok you're with me at that point and by the time you get there you've caught the first statement that matthew wants to make about jesus and he doesn't like to write a little theological treatise on the divine and human and the hypostatic union or something tells a story where the meaning of his name speaks of his destiny but also of his identity who is this human who has no earthly father who is this son who was created by the spirit the creator spirit of god within the womb of this Jewish teenager and born and whose name means Yahweh

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but he's going to save but wait I thought Yahweh was going to save his people yeah ok you got it you got it welcome to claim number one. of what matthew wants you to keep in mind about this jesus and as we know and consider the statement made about this jesus we also come to know something about ourselves who is going to save his people who is his people so you wait whatever he says will save the whole world, right?
That's what you want me to say, but he doesn't say that he does say that he will save the people from him, which is his people, see that you have this conveniently located genealogy. the exact same page to you not so nice his people are abraham's family his tribe the people of israel and what is saving his people from their sins now what about the rest of us we stay up here and dry what is this what's going on what's going on here and right here the meaning of the name of jesus and that little line there is condensed the whole story of the hebrew scriptures so the hebrew scriptures begin it's actually a story mostly about the family of jesus , you know, abraham's family, but it doesn't start the hebrew scriptures don't start with a story about the family of israel.
They begin with a story about all of humanity and humans being made in the divine image and made to reflect the divine image in the world. They are made to trust God's definition of good and evil. as they reproduce and make the world amazing and how they fare by trusting God's definition of good or bad. Adam and Eve anyway, so what's what? How's the bible story going? how the story goes is that god calls to be a family in particular the family of abraham that becomes the people of israel in the story line of the scriptures and this is god's response to this problem humanity has failed and so he is going to call to be a new family a particular tribe and he rescues them from slavery in egypt he becomes their king their savior king gives them the torah his kind of express will written instruction for his time and place on what it would be like for they renew their humanity to become a people of justice and generosity and a light to the nations and how will israel do in this passerby fail fail then god calls a particular lion from the family of israel a lineage of kings coming from the lineage who david notice i'm just following the genealogy here on matthew 1 because he's matthew he's already told us this story in a boring genealogy so i'm trying to spice it up here so that have the kings of the line of david and david and these kings are supposed to be the leaders of israel and guide the people to obey the torah and worship their redeeming god and so on and how to include david how do the kings of israel being loyal to yahweh baal and all that ends leads the people of israel into exile to babylon and this is how the history of the hebrew scriptures ends for the most part there is a little book where they return a handful of them from exile to jerusalem and the things go horribly and then it ends and that's the story of the hebrew scriptures it's just an unfinished story it's like it's not kind of how many of you feel right now with the hunger games you have one and two in the movies, but then they like what and what if it just ended what if movie three never got made they would have to read the books which are pretty entertaining actually you know but what if... what if the story ends with the book of you?
What is Katniss going to do? You know? Will you fight? a story in search of an end and what matthew does is present jesus as the one who comes to solve the problem of the sin of israel his people but in the greatest story of the scriptures this was always part of god's great solution for solve all this problem here and the word matthew uses is the word sin he is going to save his people israel first and foremost so that what he does for israel can be done for all humanity and it is about dealing with sin now there's a good religious word uh that no one really knows what they mean when they say it, right?
There are many words in the bible about howhumans are screwed up and the screwed up things that we do to each other one of them is sin on sin at least this word eh among many in the bible this word means fail moral failure it is not talking about why you fail or anything else there are others words transgression and iniquity and so on but sin is about the simple fact that you have failed, we had the goal as human beings to reflect the divine image and love God and love one another, and we have done very poorly at that and We have failed and Jesus comes to rescue his people from their failure and from the enormous mess he has put them in.
He has come to rescue Israel and therefore all of humanity from our failure and from the enormous mess into which they have fallen. and this is where we go back to the story of my little kids like you this is jesus so jesus will have a lot of good moral teachings but the heart of who he is is not a moral program to tell us to be better people or something , he comes to do something for us that we cannot do. for us he is here to save us from our f fail as a human race that is what he is here to do and if that is what he is here to do then also as you get to know this Jesus you come to know something about yourself, namely that you and I have failed as individuals to be human beings now. that's not the best news to hear i get it well and there may be some of you out here who don't need convincing you know that's true about you but i have a hunch there's a lot of us out here and we qualify it and say, yeah you know I'm screwed but as you know I get frustrated with my kids but they also make me do the funny elephant you know so I'm not a completely bad horrible person and what's going on here, I think this is this, this is what this Jesus is, at least for us here in the west, I think especially for us westerners, it's very easy for us, we look at the global scene. and we're very happy to acknowledge that human beings are screwed up and we just look look at the current landscape guys it's not better or worse than it's ever been in the history of the human race but there's a lot of really screwed up going on in our world right now.
Do I have to discuss and try? That point to anyone I don't think so and why the world is like this why these things are happening is because there is something there is something wrong with us there is something wrong with us and this is part of the fundamental diagnosis of the bible of who we are and that we need that we need to rescue and on a large scale that's not hard to prove, but the funny thing is that the moment it gets personal and I start to examine my own life, motivations and values ​​etc.
All of a sudden, I started downplaying how fucked up I am right and, well, you know, and conveniently, the lines of right and wrong are very clear when it comes to other people, but they're not so clear when it comes to me. me and my mot Do you know what I'm talking about here? This is just not that convenient. How does this work? So what is this Jesus story? He is in the story. He is asking us to entertain something about ourselves. I need such urgent help and, in fact, I am together with the rest of humanity in such a serious situation that this rescue and solution to the human problem can only come from outside of us, it can only come from some kind of solution that is completely outside of us. my hands because it showcases a human story like we've shown that we do a pretty poor job and, especially here in the west, it's hard for us to understand, um, these kind of cultural waves of moral optimism kind of surge and come and go through western history when i was growing up in high school it was all about doing random acts of kindness remember all that bumper sticker movement so all those bumper stickers are fading now and there's a new ? you see in the new is being nice to people have you seen being nice to people no one has seen being nice to people i saw it first on facebook then on two stickers in the last two weeks maybe they are still gaining steam but it's the same it's the same be nice to people you go to the website and this is what you go to the website and it's just a simple t-shirt sticker campaign or whatever but the point is like man just politics and religion and morality let's just get behind it and be good to people and start solving the world's problems now i am a disciple of jesus like most of you we believe being good to people is very very important jesus did is a of the central things of being a disciple of jesus, you love your neighbor as yourself, but to see that as the solution, as if only human beings can begin to be good to people, do random acts of kindness and kindness for each other The other one and then we'll be is it's me It's desperate naiveté, it's hopeless because it doesn't get to the heart of the problem for a number of reasons, like I can choose to try to be nice to people, but this is what you know and I know, we are all pretty selective of who. we're good first of all okay and second of all we're all a great mix of good and evil even the mob boss will order a murder then order flowers for his mother on mother's day you know what am?
Saying that we are all this mix of good and evil and that we are very selective about who we show good and evil to and just telling us to be good to each other completely ignores the fact that the most complex conflicts right now in our world these are conflicts of good do you really think that the fighters of the islamic state and so on in syria and iraq think they are motivated by evil of course they don't think they are motivated by good they believe they are doing what is good and the response of the western government believes that it is to do good and it is about the conflict of goods and the millions of people who die in the midst of the conflict of goods that is the hopelessness of the human situation and simply saying that we are good is like giving vitamin c someone with a broken leg just doesn't even recognize the complexity of the problem and what matthew is offering us and this is just trying to put the claim in front of us in really stark terms what matthew is trying to offer us is he is saying listen just read the hebrew scriptures they are one of the most in depth analyzes of the broken human condition that you will ever read on a national, global and individual level, a million stories of horrible people doing horrible things to each other in Hebrew. bible and everything is just an analysis of what screwed us up and matthew is presenting this jesus of nazareth as the one in whom the only hope of solution and rescue and salvation from this mess we have gotten ourselves into is the only place where we are going to find him now you can reject that claim you can accept it you can take some time to consider it but you can't ignore it you can't ignore it and that's exactly what the virgin birth means is a solution in which god becomes fully human a solution from outside of ourselves to be and to do like the kind of human being that you and I are incapable of doing but at the same time it is a solution that is totally within the human problem because it actually has the form of a human being itself, it is the divine and the human is come together to save and rescue who is going to save Yahweh or this man that Yahweh saves and the answer is yes yes let's keep reading matthew so verse 22 this is jesus rec There are two names, the first we learn a lot about ourselves, that is, that we have no hope, that we have no hope and that we need someone to rescue us and the second name that Jesus receives in this story comes next to him, he says all this is He carried out what the Lord said through the prophet, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will name him Emmanuel, which means God with us. prophet isaiah the prophet isaiah chapter 7. this is the first of many many times throughout the gospel where matthew will pause and remind you of an important passage in the hebrew scriptures that let you know it is the unfinished story a promise left unfinished but yet in jesus that promise finds its fulfillment you go back to isaiah and you see that isaiah 7 is the story of a king in the line of david who was a total fool he was a bad guy and isaiah does this promise that an unmarried young woman is going to give birth to a son you are going to call him emmanuel and he is going to replace the current line of david and his infidelity and then that promise that the promised son will never be born in the book of isaiah is just a promise that remains pending the single woman the virgin will get pregnant and have a child and you are like who it will be but the sun never rises it never rises and you keep reading and the promise develops in the hope of this coming messiah coming king of david's lineage who will do all this and what is the name of this coming king from the lineage of david what is his name emmanuel emmanuel now in hebrew it is written with an i the imanu is with us and then he is god and actually it is in greek that we made the transition to e manuel the way the name is spelled in our language today and the meaning of the name is god is with us now this second name jesus is like a repetition it takes us to the same kind of world of asking questions that ue first name does right so who is this who is going to save yahweh save or yahweh who who who is god with his people who is emmanuel who is this baby is yahweh save or is god with us exa very good welcome to claim the number two about the identity of jesus, the divine and the human met and god be with us you know if you just take that line out of the story that can be a line of comfort.
For some of us it may be a soulless line that God is with us but in the story here what does it mean that God is with us means that this God revealed in Jesus is not content to leave humanity a failed

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and he certainly is not. content to leave humanity sitting here rotting in the consequences of their failure and then all this will say how he is going to save and how Jesus is going to be god with us and it all leads to the story of the cross of jesus to the resurrection and so on. a christian god is not an abstract concept he is not the big guy above he is jesus he is jesus how do i know god exists jesus i believe in god because i believe in jesus not because i believe i dont actually when i share this with people, are o Many times I'm personally surprised, I'm just talking very personally here, in fact, I find that I don't find the arguments for the existence of God, as abstractly, actually, very and convincing, actually, I find it hard to believe in God, but I can't find it. it is hard to believe in jesus because jesus was a real historical person like he lived in the filth and detail of first century palestine we have four biographical accounts connected with eyewitness testimony and i believe in the world as jesus says he would It is and I believe in Jesus therefore I believe in God and in what God do you believe I believe as a Christian in the God that Jesus revealed to us and this is a God who is with us not in the abstract type of only general sense God is with us because this god has fully committed himself to sinful, broken and hopeless humanity to do something with us to bring hope and deliverance to lives that seem hopeless that is what it means for god to be with us and that is the god jesus reveals s to us and the version of ourselves that is reflected when we look at Jesus is a version of ourselves that is the most broken and fucked up mix of good and evil to know that Jesus begins I am going to learn that about myself, but also to see the version of myself that God sees who is someone he deeply loves and cares for and who he is fully committed to being with in the person of Jesus.
How do I know that God is real and how do I know that God is committed to me and me? to the life and death and resurrection of jesus how are you doing to the last page of the gospel of matthew with me we will close the last page chapter 28. we are going to see the last sentences verses 18 onwards at the end this is jesus resurrected and he is Speaking to a fairly large group of his followers, he says then Jesus approached them and told them all power in heaven and on earth has been given to me therefore go and make disciples of whom Jesus first came to deal with the sin of his people absorbed on the cross conquer him with his love and the resurrection from the dead and after that he commissions his people to go and proclaim what he has done with the sins of the world not only for israel but for all nations la correct story begins small and then becomes big baptizing them in the name of the father and the son and the holy spirit because who is this jesus and who is the god revealed his father son and spirit teaching them to obey everything he has I have commanded you and surely I will be with you always until the end of the age who is with us who is with us yes then you are yours you are you know you know the game now isn't it? you get it is jesus or god yes that is exactly right and the particular god revealed in jesus is the god that is not just the jesus of past history this is our jesuscontemporary the book of matthew is trying to tell us that jesus is alive and present right now and these stories about him mediate the reality of his presence for us he promises that when we come together and remember what he has done and talk to him and worship him he is here with us reminding us of what he did for us so that he can make us into new and different kinds of people and the rest of the gospel is going to be jesus inviting us to become those kinds of people as we watch him amen what does it mean for jesus to set you free from your failures and their consequences i think that is what we should talk about with jesus as we get to the bread and cup and worship today let me end with a word of prayer you

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