I read through the Story of Jesus' birth in Matthew this morning, During this next couple weeks leading up to Christmas day, please read through the narratives on Jesus' birth found in Matthew 1:1-2:12 and Luke 1:26-35, and 2:1-21. 

"Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with Child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do 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 as your wife, for the Child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.' All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 'Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name Him Emmanuel,' which means, 'God is with us'" (Matthew 1:18:23).

Before the angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph of his destiny, the angel reminded him of his identity.  The angel said, “Joseph, Son of David”, Joseph was a "son of David." He came from the royal bloodline of the King of Israel.  He was a member of the chosen people of God. Though he was carpenter and probably a very simple man, living a very simple life, he also had royal lineage.

Once he was reminded and secure in his identity, Joseph could then fulfill his destiny. "When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a Son; and he named Him Jesus" (v. 1:24-25).

You need to be reminded and secure in your identity. Like Joseph, you are also a royal son or daughter with a royal bloodline. Through Christ, you are a son or daughter of God, a child of the one true King.  "For in Christ (we) are all children of God through faith" (Galatians 3:26). Through Christ, I am also a rightful heir according to the promises of God (Galatians 3:29).

Through Jesus the Messiah, who came and saved you from all your sins, you are cleansed by His royal blood and can take your place in His royal bloodline (1 John 1:9). You can rest secure in your identity and fulfill your destiny as a part of "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that (you) may proclaim the mighty acts of Him who called (you) out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

My family, You are sons and daughters of the King of Kings! Take Time today to meditate on this identity.  I pray through time spent in the Holy Spirit, you will know the security of your identity as a child of God in the royal bloodline of Jesus Christ and live out your destiny serving and glorifying Him with your life today in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friends!

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