Matthew 1.22-25 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet saying:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife,
25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.
Here in the Christmas season, just a few days to the actual day when we again celebrate His birth; our focus should be on that birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. With the commercialism of Christmas, this is not always easy to do. Christmas is just a date on the calendar but we know it is an actual historical event that changed the world forever.
As we focus on this great occasion, I want to remind each of you of the incredible faith and obedience that both Mary and Joseph had.
First, let us look at the birth of a child without a natural father. There was no other case of this in the history of the world. Can you imagine the faith of Mary as she listened to the angel Gabriel?
Second, Joseph and Mary were not married yet. Pregnancy out of wedlock was not accepted in those days. Not knowing how God was going to work it all out, Mary stepped out in faith and agreed to become the mother of The Lord.
Then now let’s look at the faith of Joseph.
First, you see the response of Joseph when he finds out that Mary is pregnant. Instead of getting angry and hurt, he decided to send her away quietly. As a Godly man, I’m sure he prayed about it also. Then in a dream, an angel of the Lord tells him to not be afraid. He told Joseph the child Mary is carrying is from the Holy Spirit and he should take her home as his wife. When Joseph awoke, he did what the angel had commanded him.
How do you feel about your own faith and obedience to God’s will right now? I know many times we might look pitiful in light of these two people in history. We should have faith in the promises of God, even when we have difficult circumstances and overwhelming problems. We are not alone. God has given us His Son, our Lord and Saviour. Part of the Saviour’s love package is healing, physically, financially and relationally. So start to use your faith to receive all that Jesus died to make available to you.
This Christmas let us remember and celebrate the Incarnation with joy in our hearts and let us renew our faith and obedience in God. Have you accepted His free gift yet?
Have a great Christmas Season and be blessed with Heaven’s best.