Day 24| Jon Laughinghouse
Matthew 1: 18-25


Joseph was perplexed. The plans he had made seemed to
be unraveling with the unexpected news that Mary was
pregnant. Even more puzzling, an angel told him that the
child had been conceived supernaturally by the Holy
Spirit. God’s purpose in this miracle was revealed by these
words from the angel, “She will bear a son, and you shall
call his name Jesus for he will save his people from their

On Christmas Eve, let’s remember and cherish the mystery
of Christ’s birth. This miraculous conception meant that
Jesus, while still God, took on human nature and remained
pure from the curse of sin that plagues mankind. Why? So
that he would be a suitable, substitutionary sacrifice. So
that he could save his people from their sins.

Let’s also remember and treasure the cross for it is there
where our promised salvation was secured. While Jesus
was on the cross, the chief priest and scribes mocked him
saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself!” (Matt.
27) They failed to realize that this was the very moment for
which he had been born. He was saving his people from
their sins!

Joseph’s plans were changed but God’s sovereign
purpose remained. Thank you Lord for saving us. Thank
you for Jesus!