A Mystery Observed (Matthew 1:18-25)Erik DiVietro, 16 December, 2018
Part of the It Took Light-Years (Advent 2018) series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
It Took Light-Years series, part 3.
ADD Fact Check: It is Bilbo Baggins who says, “I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring)
And, if you are interested, Psychology Today has a good introduction to the neurochemistry of love.
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18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. (KJV)