Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas countdown: Joseph

And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.  She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 

We are less than one week till Christmas, and this is our countdown where we are looking various people in the story.  Today we look at Joseph.  He had to make some tough decisions as well demonstrates how we can respond to challenges.

The verses above remind us that the challenge that was presented to Joseph at very first showed us that he was a kind and gentle man.  He didn’t want to draw attention or disgrace the lady that was going to be his wife.

I wonder how much it really took to convince Joseph that this really was the miracle of a virgin birth.  Would we had believed Mary?  This is a very difficult thing to understand and to accept.

If we are tuned in to what God is doing, we might be able to handle what God says a bit easier.  A child was coming to Joseph, and he was to be the adoptive father.  That is a big deal. 

This child is our Savior.  This child was given a heavenly purpose to get people to heaven.  As we look toward Christmas may we allow the challenges of this story to purify our character and help us share with others the gift of Christmas.

Jesus is the gift from heaven, sent to earth, to save all who will come to Him.  Share this truth with many people this week.

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