Continuing with the theme I started yesterday, I want to see Christmas from the perspective of another character.
Do You See What I See? (Joseph’s Perspective – Matthew 1:18-25)
The Bible is not clear on how Joseph discovered Mary’s condition. We know from Luke’s account that Mary went to visit Elizabeth a few days after Mary’s encounter with Gabriel (Luke 1:39). My opinion is that Mary told Joseph before she left for Judea.
Matthew described Joseph as a righteous man (Matthew 1:19-NASB), a man faithful to the law (Matthew 1:19-NIV). He was also a man of mercy because he did not want to make a public spectacle of the situation. He chose to break off the engagement quietly. But, before he could take any action, God’s messenger, Gabriel, visited him in a dream. The message was clear –
“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.” (Matthew 1:20-21)
Being a righteous man, Joseph knew the message was from God and therefore did not hesitate to follow the message. He remained faithful to Mary and obedient to God.
The Bible is silent from this point until the birth of Jesus. One can only speculate about comments Joseph and Mary may have received from family and others as they await their journey to Bethlehem where they would travel to register for a Roman census. All we know for certain is that Joseph remained obedient and faithful to God and Mary.
The righteous person may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
How do you face adversity? Do you remain faithful to God, knowing He will guide you through, or do you feel as if God has abandoned you?
To be continued…
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