This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,
which means ‘God is with us.’”
When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. Matthew 1:18-24.
Joseph was trying to do the right thing here. He wanted to quietly and respectfully end things with Mary. It’s what was done. He had every right to do it, too. His prospective wife had somehow been unfaithful. It’s common sense. And then, the angel shows up and turns Joseph’s world upside down. He was pulled into a life bigger than his own. And he said yes. (In all fairness, it’s kind of hard to say no to an angel standing at the end of your bed, but still.)
This should spark something inside of us. Joseph’s call is not unlike ours. Most of us would consider ourselves fairly moral people. We do the things we think are right at the time, but when we come to Christ, we realize what we think is right does not matter. Our lives are part of a bigger plan. We are no longer our own. In 1 Corinthians 6:20 it says that “God bought you with a high price.” And from the moment he bought you, he pulled you into a bigger story. Which is a pretty great thing.
Today’s Homework: Write a paragraph of how you see yourself fitting into God’s bigger story.
– Devotional from Back to the Bible, used by permission.
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