Marriage and Family: Joseph's Response to ChristmasDecember 03, 2012
The next several blogs will be about how to respond to Christmas. Scripture is full of how Joseph, Mary, the Shephards and Jesus all show us how to do this. Today: Joseph's response to Christmas!
The Birth of Jesus Christ (Matt. 1:18-25, NIV)
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 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. 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." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.” When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
Scripture says: "Joseph was a righteous man!" Wow, what an amazing thing to be said about someone. No wonder God chose Joseph to be the earthly dad of Jesus. It would take a righteous man to carry this load. Remember, Joseph now found himself married to a pregnant wife, with a child that was not his own. He would surely be ridiculed even outcasted. Socially, if Joseph went on with the marriage to Mary, Roman law treated him as a panderer, exploiting Mary as a prostitue. If he does not divorce her, others would assume he got Mary pregnant and his reputation would be ruined. HIs marriage to Mary would be a black eye to his Family and their reputation in the community. Saying yes to the call of God for his life was no easy answer. There was much at stake. Joseph's obedience cost Joseph the right to value his own reputation. Joseph's obedience would mean he must go against the culture in order to follow God. Joseph knew his new son, would be born to poor, humiliated parents, to a world hostile to his presence. Yet, Joseph responded to Christmas through OBEDIENCE. These are the lessons Joseph's response to Christmas shows us: (1.) obeyed the Lord, regardless of the consequences. (2.) prefer God's Honor over personal preservation. (3) live a life of self control and self denial (4) live unashamed for Christ regardless of the culture around you. (5) protect and fight for your relationships.
How will you respond to Christmas? Our challenge to you is to respond like Joseph and commit to following God no matter what and live a life of obedience?
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