Our Christmas scripture is Matthew 1:20-23.

But just when he had resolved to do 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 as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.”

Mary had the hardest part in bringing Jesus into the world, but Joseph was in a tough spot as well. His fiancée turns up pregnant in a culture that says it values purity and faithfulness. However, Joseph is a kind man who really loves her and rather than shame her publicly, which could result in her death, “he planned to dismiss her quietly” (Matthew 1:19), believing it was the right thing to do.

God intervenes as He did during those times, sending Joseph an angelic messenger in a dream, revealing the miracle to come as it was told to Mary. He had to go with his faith, rather than what the world thought was right. It can’t have been easy for them, but God never promised it would be easy.

God in His mercy had a plan to redeem His people from sin, using an unassuming young couple to bring our savior into the world. God has plans for every one of us, we must be willing to say “yes” as they did and obey even when it is difficult. Joy to the world, the Lord is come. We have received our King, may we all follow in faith.

Gracious God, today we celebrate Your coming to be one of us that we might be saved. Bless us to share Your love every day with all Your children. Amen.

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