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Dreams Matter

Dreams Matter

PROBLEM

  • Not much info on Joseph. No mention in John and Mark or the rest of the Bible. No words are recorded.
  • His life was set until a dream changed everything.

GOD

Matthew 1:18-21
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[d]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph, her husband, was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
  • Jesus’ name means the same as Joshua’s in Hebrew—“Yahweh saves,” or “God saves”. The Joshua that led the Israelites across the Jordan River into the Promised Land in their last stage of deliverance from bondage in Egypt. 
  • According to Matthew, Jesus will save his people, as Moses and Joshua did. He, too, will lead them out of bondage, but in this case it is an even deeper bondage than physical enslavement. 
  • Jesus will deliver them from the stranglehold that sin has over their lives, and he’s going to rebuild us from the inside out so that we might do the right thing, that we might pursue God’s will and that we might love.

APPLICATION

  • Don’t be afraid to carry out the mission that God is asking you to perform. What is about to happen is part of God’s plan, as the prophet foretold. God is with you. God will keep you. God will see you through.
  • We assess the world as it is; we look to see what the world is supposed to be like; and then we seek to close the gap. This gap is what dreams are made of. When we think about who God is and who God calls us to be and how the world is supposed to be… suddenly we find dreams welling up inside of us.
  • In the book, “A Trip Around The Sun”. Einstein as a teenager was intrigued by the cosmos and wonder of physics crept into Albert’s dreams. One night, he dreamed he was sledding down a hill faster and faster until he approached the speed of light. The stars radiated a broad spectrum of colors. He was entranced when he awoke, he knew he had to understand the dream. In later years, he said that his entire scientific career was a meditation on that dream.
  • Pay attention to the dreams, and you give yourself to God. You make yourself available and to be his presence in the world. 

VISION

  • With 3 dreams, Joseph pursues, sacrifices himself, takes great risks, humbles himself to protect the Christ Child and Mary and he ends up mentoring Jesus. So much of what Jesus says and does is rooted in what he learned from his father.
  • When we seek to protect the Christ who has been born in us, Joseph’s story makes me wonder sometimes, especially during this season, if I am doing all that I can to protect that which has been born in me as fiercely as I would if the lives of my own children were at risk? It can’t help but change and transform the lives of those around us.
  • Someone you know is facing a dark time in his or her life, or simply struggling against the darkness in our world, may be waiting on you to be a living reminder that the Lord is near, that God is always with us. Someone may be depending on you to provide the presence of God’s angels. For someone, you may be a sustaining light.
  • Welles Crowther. When we orient our way of seeing to focus on God, we may come to recognize the conduits of God’s love that we call angels are always among us.

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