The angel of the Lord appeared in a dream saying, “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 is people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21)
This week we are looking at some of the characters in the Christmas story; today we will look at Joseph, who conquered a crisis of faith when he found out that Mary, his betrothed, was pregnant. Joseph’s first thought was to divorce Mary quietly. Joseph was a righteous man, and he knew others would look down at him with scorn, thinking this was a shameful pregnancy. But as Joseph was considering walking away from this impossible-to-explain set of circumstances, we see in today’s passage of Scripture that, just as He did in the life of Zechariah, God sent an angel to deliver good news of great joy that would make no sense to the natural mind. But with God, we know that all things are possible.
Joseph was confronted with a crisis of faith. Would he believe the unbelievable? Would he accept the possibility of the impossible? He did. Joseph believed the words of the angel and he believed the words of the Virgin Mary. What would his family say? What would his friends say? What would the religious leaders say? Joseph willingly accepted whatever the public perception would be and the privileged challenge of raising the Messiah as his own child, knowing full well that he had absolutely nothing to do with the pregnancy. Imagine his supernatural surprise when he found out that the child’s father was the Lord God Omnipotent!
We don’t know much about Joseph’s influence on the life of Jesus. We know that Joseph was a carpenter and taught his trade to his son. We know that Joseph was a devout religious man; the last time he is mentioned in Scripture is when Jesus was twelve years old and the family went up to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. But we do know this: in his crisis of faith, God gave Joseph the strength to overcome, regardless of the cost or circumstance.
God is in the business of giving strength to His children when they most need it. What supernatural strength from God do you need to overcome a challenge you are facing? Remember, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7). Look to Jesus. Lean on Jesus. Learn from Jesus. He will never leave you or let you down.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!