The Birth of Jesus
(Second Reading) (Becky Brillon)
18 This is how Jesus Christ was born. A young woman named Mary was engaged to Joseph from King David’s family. But before they were married, she learned that she was going to have a baby by God’s Holy Spirit.
19 Joseph was a good man[a] and did not want to embarrass Mary in front of everyone. So he decided to quietly call off the wedding.
20 While Joseph was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, the baby that Mary will have is from the Holy Spirit. Go ahead and marry her.
21 Then after her baby is born, name him Jesus,[b] because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 So the Lord’s promise came true, just as the prophet had said,
23 “A virgin will have a baby boy, and he will be called Immanuel,” which means “God is with us.”
24 After Joseph woke up, he and Mary were soon married, just as the Lord’s angel had told him to do.
But why Mary?
Mary was chosen by God because of her giving and generous heart, her faith, and her willingness to be God’s servant.
But Why Joseph?
Joseph was chosen by God because of his giving and generous heart, his faith and his willingness to be God’s servant.
Why would God cast such a burden upon the good man, Joseph, and the good women, Mary?
Even by today’s standards those who have children out of wedlock are frowned upon. Can you imagine the judgement back in their day?
How is this burden a blessing from God and not a curse?
See, I ask these questions because they make sense, they are logical, and often will stop one from truly having the ability to devote themselves to a person that would put one of us at great risk.
THIS IS WHERE WE MUST PAUSE…
and their son GAVE the most…
The answer is NOT in what you think.
The answer is NOT in what you hear.
The answer IS IN what you trust and believe.
You have the power and control.
Mary and Joseph both had the ability to denounce God’s will, the angel’s voices…
Where would we be today had they chosen to NOT GIVE?