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.”
As we enter Christmas week, some of us might have similar memories of waiting to open the Christmas gifts that were under the (fake or real) Christmas tree. Perhaps counting the days, or trying to peek through the wrapping, shaking the package once in a while… tempted to open it when nobody else was watching.
As I grew older and re-read the birth of Jesus’ account, I can’t help but to pause when I read that last phrase of this passage: …” you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
The gift we received when Jesus came to this world as fully human and fully divine, as he lived a life without sin, died and resurrected on the third day is priceless and eternal. He came to rescue us!
By faith Joseph heard and believed in the words of the angel, taking Mary home as his wife; by faith we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them
Stop and ask God to place a nation on your mind and heart. Pray for the people to be blessed by God, the church to shine brightly and for God to be present in that place.