We attended a refreshing worship service yesterday morning, filled with beautiful music and a thought-provoking sermon about Joseph’s selfless courage as he consistently and without hesitation put Mary’s safety ahead of his own, time and time again. Joseph led a simple life and he was a righteous man, always striving to do what was right with regard to Jewish laws and following God’s calling on his life – he fully lived a Kingdom-minded life, in other words.
When Joseph first learned that his betrothed was pregnant, he decided that the best thing to do for her sake was to secretly divorce her, so that she wouldn’t be exposed to public disgrace. All he knew was that she was pregnant and the child was not his, and that her being single and pregnant would be less of a disgrace than being betrothed and pregnant by someone else. Before he could act on that decision, however, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, explaining that Mary was carrying a baby conceived of the Holy Spirit, and to not be afraid to take her as his wife. With this new knowledge, Joseph again, courageously, chose the path of righteousness and did as the angel commanded.
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel – which means, “God with us.” -Matthew 1:22-23
May your Christmas be filled with the wonder of His love and the warm embrace of family and friends!