18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place under these circumstances: When His mother Mary had been promised in marriage to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be pregnant [through the power] of the Holy Spirit. 19 And her [promised] husband Joseph, being a just and upright man and not willing to expose her publicly and to shame and disgrace her, decided to repudiate and dismiss (divorce) her quietly and secretly. 20 But as he was thinking this over, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary [as] your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of (from, out of) the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God]. 22 All this took place that it might be fulfilled which the Lord had spoken through the prophet, 23 Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel—which, when translated, means, God with us. 24 Then Joseph, being aroused from his sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him: he took [her to his side as] his wife. 25 But he had no union with her as her husband until she had borne her firstborn Son; and he called His name Jesus.
Can you imagine? No, neither can I. To know you will be raising the Son of God. This child was not Joseph’s. How could he show his face. He was engaged, to a young woman who was pregnant, but not his. The natural best thing was to put her away. But God told him, “NO”!. “You need to man up to the task I have for you. Take this young woman you have intended to marry and raise this boy of Mine as your own for a time.” Wow!
Even though I know the story and the history of the birth and life of Christ, it still amazes me. God the Father entrusted two young people to bear and raise His Son. Just like any other parents they made mistakes. Think back to when they went to Jerusalem to worship and make sacrifices, they forgot Jesus. They forgot their son! He was missing for three days!!! Three Days!!!! But what was Jesus doing? He was ministering in the temple to the Priests. He was teaching and expounding upon the Word to the Priests! Amazing! He was about twelve and ministering. When his parents found him they were upset. Go figure, I would be also. I don’t know about you but I have three children and I never forgot them. Praise God I never lost them. Joseph and Mary lost sight of Jesus for this time. I am sure they were well aware of what he was up to and where he was from then on. (Luke 2:39-52)
I believe Mary did. She watched him grow, begin his ministry; it all started with the miracle of turning water into wine at the marriage celebration in Cana. (John 2:1-11) Mary, Jesus mother, is the one who instructed him to do something about the lack of wine, then told the disciples to do whatever he tells them. She knew. She was there all the time. She watched her son die on the cross. She was also there waiting for the Holy Ghost (Spirit) to be poured out as Jesus instructed them before he was translated into heaven. Mary and many others (Acts 1:1-14) returned to Jerusalem and prayed and waited. As they waited they received the filling of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:1-4)
Joseph also knew what was going to take place with Jesus, the angel told him from the very beginning. Joseph taught “his son” to be a carpenter, just as he was. Many times in the gospels Jesus was refered to as the ‘son of a carpenter’, or ‘that carpenter,’ so Joseph taught him well and was by his side as he grew up. To teach a son your trade it takes time, a lot of time, years of being with one another and the closeness that needed to take place so he could learn this trade. I believe Joseph watched Jesus being baptized and heard God say, “Thou art my beloved son, in thee am I well pleased.” Scripture doesn’t exactly say Joseph was there, but as ones were looking on as John was baptizing Jesus and the way Scripture seems to word who Jesus was, I tend to think Joseph was there watching on. (Luke 3:21-23…also look at Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-13)
What a responsibility to raise the Son of God. We think we have it hard as parents…… They listened to God as He first spoke to them and I believe they continued to listen, pray, believe, trust and pray some more. This should be our attitude of pray in raising our children also. This isn’t about us raising our kids…but there is much we can learn from this great example.
Jesus came as a babe in a lowly manager, born in stable. Poor parents. What a beginning! He grew in like manner as his earthly parents. As he began his ministry at thirty, he told his disciples to be aware of many things…first of all, Jesus had no home to call his own. let alone a pillow to lay his head. (Luke 9:58) Jesus got dirty. Jesus wasn’t inhibited to do what needed to be done when his Father spoke to him. He was put here to do his Father’s will. (Matthew 26:39; John 4:34; 5:30; 6:38; 8:50, just to mention a few) He told ones about what was to come, to be ready and watchful. (Matthew chapters 24 & 25; Mark 1:15; 13:33; 14:38; Luke chapter 21; John 16:7) Jesus didn’t stay a babe, he grew to be a man who took our sin, the sin of all man kind. As he bore the cross on his shoulder walking through Jerusalem to Golgotha, after his beating, mocking and other cruelties, with joy (Hebrews 12:2-3) he continued to walk to the place of the skull. There he let them drive nails into his hands and his feet. Then to raise the cross as he hung there, drop it in a whole with a thud, it stood upright. He hung there for hours in horrific pain. He was abandoned by his Father. He died. He was then thrust through with a sword, just to make sure he was dead, you see. then taken down, wrapped in burial clothes and placed in a borrowed tome, the family did not have such a luxury. But wait! It did not end there. He rose the third day just as he had told them. (Matthew 17:22-23; Mark 8:31) Jesus came as a babe, into a messy world, did a messy job, so that he could take all my (& you) messes to the cross and make us whole so that we may have fellowship with Him now and through eternity. (2 Corinthians 11:2; Revalation 19:7-8) As I (you) come to the place in life and accept Him as Saviour, we can do nothing but sin. Once we have accepted Him as Saviour, we are washed clean of sin, the messy stuff, past, present and future, to be remembered no more. (Romans 5:1-11; Romans 6:9-18; Hebrew 9:27-28) Jesus has much for us. He started in a humble messy way in a stable. then taking the sin of the world on the cross to save all man kind….Now we have access through Christ to live an abundant life now for Him and through eternity with Him.
Father, thank you for sending your Son as babe, taking HIm the route you did, so that I (we) may experience a blessed life and look forward to eternity with Your Son as our Bridegroom and we His Bride.
Trusting as this season of Christmas comes along, we do not forget why Jesus came as a lowly babe in a manger. There is hope in this message of Christmas. It is God’s grace, through faith in Him we have life in His wonderful Son, Christ Jesus, the Messiah and Saviour of the world.
Amen! God bless you and we shall chat soon. Love and prayers, Candy, at pinchofgrace.
- The Angel ‘Gabriel’ Foretold Jesus’ Birth (prhayz.wordpress.com)
- He Shall be Called Immanuel- which means ‘God with us’ (walkinstep.wordpress.com)