Dec18WedDecember 18, 2019 by Debbie Laginskie
Read Matthew 1:18-25
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 yetdid 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 Emmanuel” (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.
Mary was the first to believe the Messiah had come by entering her womb. Elizabeth, her cousin, was the second. Before Mary could say it, Elizabeth, by the Spirit, said she was honoured that the mother of the Lord should come to her. John the Baptist, whom was inside Elizabeth’s womb, leaped. Joseph would be next. But he did not initially believe Mary for he was planning on divorcing her when he found out she was pregnant. God intervened, speaking to him in a dream. Even so, Joseph had to believe something of which he had no proof. He had to make a choice that could cause him scorn, shame and ridicule. We aren’t told if any of that happened. The scriptures don’t tell us what others said or how they reacted.
Here we are today, such a different day, different country, different culture. But to believe what the Spirit has told us, that Jesus is the Messiah come to save us, is still something to believe without any proof…and it is still costly. What has it cost you? What does it cost you? What has it been like so far, living your life believing in Jesus?
What has it brought to you? How have you experienced His love? What do you attribute in your life to believing in Jesus? What gifts have come to you in believing?
What do you long for this Advent? Where do you desire His love to change you?