Mary and Joseph were engaged to be married. And the prevailing Jewish marriage customs at that time were quite a bit different than what we are accustomed to today.
As a result, parents arranged marriages, typically without consulting the couple to be married. A contract was prepared, a bride price was agreed on and the agreement was immediately deemed binding.
Couples at this point were considered married even though the actual ceremony and consummation of the marriage would not occur for as long as a year afterward. This time between was for preparation and served as a testing of fidelity, with the couple having little, if any, contact with each other.
During this Betrothal period, the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she had been chosen by God to give birth to Jesus. Through a series of questions by Mary, Gabriel assured her that nothing was impossible with Him.
She also learned that her Aunt Elizabeth was pregnant (with John the Baptist). Mary received permission to visit Elizabeth and stayed 3 months. When she returned it was evident that she was pregnant.
Joseph had a few options
He could place Mary before the elders for judgment followed by stoning to death due to her unfaithfulness. He could publicly expose and disgrace her. Joseph, we are told, was a really good man and wanted to avoid all of that and instead decided to just call off the marriage quietly.
That’s when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. The angel told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife. She will give birth to a son and Joseph should name him Jesus because He will save His people from their sins.
The angel went on to say that this was a fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophesy that a virgin would give birth to a son and they will call him Immanuel, which means God with us.
So, yes, Mary is a virgin and yes she is giving birth to our Messiah, …our Redeemer and King. The Son of God… God with us.
Joseph had another decision to make
This was either the most ridiculous thing anyone could ever say, …or it was the most important thing that has ever happened on our planet.
Either he would put Mary aside and go on with his life. Or Joseph would marry her and be ridiculed by those around him and his life would never be the same.
Joseph got Christmas!
The impact and influences of this decision have circled the globe for over 2,000 years.
So, how about you? Got Christmas?
This Friday we’ll review the stories of a few folks who Got Christmas… including a couple of our guys who regularly attend One Thing.
Join us around the tables where friends meet, Bible verses are explored and the discussions are always lively.
Got Christmas = Got impact!
Hope to see you early!
This Week’s Key Verses:
She will give birth to a son, and you shall give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20
This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Here is the link to last Friday’s message ➠ https://vimeo.com/channels/onethingformen