Here’s my last one for this year’s Advent Devotions- hope that you enjoyed them!
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. 19 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.
20 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. 21 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.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
Joseph is my “silent hero” of the Christmas drama. Without a word of his being recorded in Scripture, his actions alone speak. They tell us that, as a man of both character and compassion, he chose not to humiliate Mary for a pregnancy that he knew was not his. Imagine his confusion and heartbreak before the angel’s visit! We see him safeguarding Mary through the difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. His obedience to the law in dedicating Jesus at the temple. His protection of his family during a sojourn in Egypt where they lived as refugees. Yes, Joseph was entrusted with a difficult calling. A quiet, comfortable life gave way to a suspenseful, demanding saga. We don’t know how Joseph felt about his mission, but we do know what he did. He obeyed. Like his wife, Mary, Joseph modeled an attitude that said, “I am the Lord’s servant.” And look at what God can do with that simple posture. Just imagine what He might want to do with you.
How willing are you to adopt an attitude like that of Joseph and Mary? What might get in the way?
What do you like most about Joseph and Mary? What would you want to imitate about them?