This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: 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.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. – Matthew 1: 18-25
Though we seem to talk about Mary far more than Joseph, we need to understand that both of Jesus’ parents had a monumental challenge in the birth of the Messiah. Imagine… the women you love coming to you, she’s pregnant but it can’t be yours. I can’t imagine the mixed emotions that swirled in Joseph’s heart as Mary explained how she was now with child. I find it comforting that God gives us everything we need spiritually, emotionally, and physically (Philippians 4:19 | Matthew 6:33).
As Joseph struggled in the swirl of emotions, he made the painful decision to divorce Mary. Notice his love for Mary even through the painful thought of divorce as he didn’t want to expose her to public disgrace. More than anything else during this season of Advent I would encourage you to know that God isn’t far away in the middle of what you are facing. God was with Joseph, a man faithful to the law, and showed up in power to confirm what Mary had already told him: the child is from the Holy Spirit.
In the proclamation of the angel to Joseph, God made the mission of His only Son clear: He came to save His people from their sins. The Son this angel was speaking about is known as Immanuel, literally God with us. It’s hard to imagine but Jesus was not some lesser created thing, He is God. The Creator stepped down into creation to do something no one else could.
Today as we draw closer to Christmas day, let the gift God has given always be a focus of our lives. Let God’s love be a continual reminder of the love we should have for others. Remember that the divine Creator of the universe chose a young man and young woman that the world did not know to accomplish something the whole world is still talking about today. An extraordinary God uses ordinary men and women to accomplish His miraculous will, and you are a part of that story too.
Father, thank You that You promise to provide for our needs. Thank You that You use ordinary men and women to accomplish the miraculous. Thank You Jesus that because of Your life, death, and resurrection, that we can know God’s love and plan for our lives. Lord help us today began to even scratch the surface of Your divine intervention into time to save each one of us. Thank You for the gift You have given, in Jesus name we pray, amen.