Matthew 1:18, begins with “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.”
Now, in the those days in Jewish culture being pledged was as solid as already being married. And Joseph would have to divorce Mary, which would publicly disgrace her and she could possibly be stoned. Being a compassionate man, Joseph decided he would do divorce Mary quietly.
Well, an angel of the Lord decided to set Joseph straight and came to him in a dream. The angel told Joseph that Mary was carrying the Holy Spirit’s child. And they would call him, Jesus, because he would save his people from their sin.
Matthew reminds the Jewish people, this was fulfilled through what the prophet Isaiah said, when he retold what Isaiah had said in Isaiah 7:14. Which is very important, because in the old testament, the prophets foretold the coming of the Messiah. The information from the prophets was how the Jewish people would know He was the Messiah.
“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel-which means, “God with us.”
Matthew ends Chapter 1 stating that Joseph did what the angel told him and took Mary as his wife. We are also informed that there was no marital union until she gave birth and they named the child Jesus.
Wow, everything appears to fall into place, but can you imagine the complexity of it all back then? And what about the weight Mary carried on her shoulders by becoming Jesus’ mother? He may have been her Lord, but first Jesus was her baby boy. Any mother can relate to the maternal feelings of having a child.
And then Joseph, a Jewish man with compassion enough to allow the woman he was going to marry carry another’s child. You have to know that his faith in God was much larger than a mustard seed. Joseph had the faith the size of a mountain or even bigger!
You know, Joseph reminds me of great step-dads. To me, the definition of a great step-dad is one who marries a woman who has children from another marriage or man. And proceeds to love the child or children as if they were born to him. There is never an accounting of the money spent on raising the child/children. It is all equal among all family members; i.e. the love, money and time.
In this first chapter we are shown great love and faith, between God and His people. And in return great faith and love from the people to God. I believe what came before Jesus was love, what came with Jesus was love, and what should come after Jesus is love!
Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior! Joseph and Mary are my heroes!
God Bless You!
God Bless America!