The story of Joseph’s response to Mary’s pregnancy is a story of fear and consolation. He was afraid and God sent an angel to speak into his life. I love how God enters into our world to meet us where we are, revealing his plan and power in our midst…
20 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. 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.”
Joseph was afraid. I get it. Not surprised. Wouldn’t you be afraid in his situation? Your fiance is pregnant and you know you’re not the father… the disgrace and ridicule of your neighbours and family would be a weight around your neck. You would feel betrayed.
An angel appeared to Joseph to encourage him. Don’t be afraid, Joseph, because the baby is conceived of the Holy Spirit. This is an act of God. And when the baby is born, you are to name him and father him.
The angel’s reason was simple. Jesus would save his people from their sins. This baby would be the Saviour of the world. And when an angel tells you that, and to not be afraid, the likely response is a) obedience and b) more fear.
If Joseph was afraid at the idea of his fiance being pregnant, imagine the fear of becoming the father of the Saviour of the world. That would be uber-intimidating. And still Joseph persevered.
The birth of Jesus is miraculous. God orchestrated the circumstances so that in human strength and power, none of it would have happened. It was God’s plan, God’s power, and God’s voice into the lives of Mary and Joseph which made it all possible.
And God meets us where we are to deal with our fear and to strengthen us to be a part of his plan….
Come let us adore him…