December 6th – God With Us

Day 6: God With Us

Matthew 1:18 – 25

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[d]: 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[e] 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,[f] 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”[g] (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.

I’ve always thought Joseph was a bit of a hero of this whole story.

Mary: Joseph, I’m pregnant.

Joseph: Erm…

Mary: it’s the Holy Spirit’s baby.

Joseph: Erm…

Joseph doesn’t storm out into the street and start screaming to anyone that will listen that his wife to be is pregnant and it isn’t his, opening her to public disgrace. He plans to deal with this quietly. An honourable way to deal with it. Well done Joseph you’re a stand up guy.

Joseph’s well intentioned plan then collided head on with God’s plan to change the entire  course of the universe.

What follows is a dream, angels, a vision of who this baby is and will become and a complete change of Joseph’s heart.

Joseph lays aside all worry and control and simply says, ‘OK God. You’re in charge. Your plan over mine’.

The challenge is to apply that Joseph trust to our every day situations. God sees the past, present and future. Ask today that you would see your situation through those loving eyes. The courageous part is then to say, ‘OK God,your plan over mine’.

Kristian Tucker