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Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son
18 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.
If my fiancé were to tell me she was impregnated by God… I’d probably say something like “Can you introduce me to him?”
How much more scandalous can the story of Jesus’ coming to earth be? It wasn't enough that He would be born in human form to an earthly woman. In addition, his mother would have to use as proof of her moral faithfulness and virtue a miraculous dream.
After reading this story the words that come to mind are “difficult” and “faithful.”
Difficult because this whole situation is not easy.
Just try to imagine how difficult it would be for Joseph and Mary
to manage their reputations among their family and peers.
Faithful because that is what this situation requires.
The scenario of trusting your bride-to-be to have not violated her engagement while at the same time being pregnant sounds crazy. It requires faith.
I’m thankful God increases our faith to be able to do such things.
The critical question is whether or not we will obey when God asks.