This Tuesday Morning was not the usual Tuesday Morning - this Tuesday we celebrated our Savior’s birth.
This Tuesday morning, somewhat unusual as it started before sunrise, as my husband, Freddie Ford had the honor of delivering the Christmas message to Greater Bethel Baptist Church in Irwinton, GA starting at 8:00 a.m.
His message was the common Christmas theme centered around Baby Jesus’s birth, but this morning Minister talked not only about our Savior’s birth, but the Savior’s parents, Mary and Joseph.
He spoke about the bewilderment and amazement young Mary must have felt, a mere child to learn she would be the Savior’s mother. And, Joseph, who God had already betrothed to Mary, a Godly and obedient man, and not just any man, but a descendant of David.
Minister Ford emphasized how Joseph might have felt, from a growing appreciation of the young virgin with child to the significant responsibility and honor of parenting Baby Jesus, the savior of the world.
Minister Ford spoke about John the Baptist, saying he was only a bit older than Jesus, but he was vital in the glorious story of Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus.
Minister Ford said God, The Father orchestrated the many pieces of our Savior’s birth. He said there is talk that December 25th is not the actual date of Jesus’s birth, but he said that was not important to him - what is important is that our Savior was born.
Minister Ford said the story of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus is such a familiar story, and instead of rehashing the same story, he wanted us to see the great depth of God The Father and his love for you and me.
He said, Jesus was willing to strip Himself of his Godly citizenship in Heaven - to come to earth as a baby to complete the plan that God The Father created to save His creation from their sins. Jesus left royalty and abandoned the glory he had with The Father for us – to give mankind a way to escape the wrath of God that will come upon all children of disobedience.
Minister Ford concluded with a resounding Jesus, Jesus, yes Jesus is the reason for this season.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.
- A partial recap of Minister Ford’s sermon by TR Ford…