Written by Jen
Drama! ”She is pregnant and they are not even married! On top of it, they are TEENAGERS!” Bring on the gossip. Been there? There are a whole lot of moms and dads who have. Just ask, it’s not easy. I just saw the bravest young girl in her teens have an unplanned child and give it up for adoption. The pictures of her holding that baby in her hospital bed still makes me teary. She was brave enough to carry that child and face the judgement of the world. To publicly announce what happened one night. She loved and carried that baby and anguished through the birth. Then, gave it to someone who had been longing for a child. All without a daddy by the bed. Let the talk of the town loose. If only everyone knew everything I did in the dark the town would have enough to talk about for days and days and days. In this story, I see God’s hand. It’s not easy to be a pregnant teen. It sure isn’t easy to be a man, a teenage boy, who stands up and becomes a man. Of course the Christmas story is different from this one, however, I think that young man Joseph, stood up. He rose to the occasion. Joseph was COMMANDED in a dream by an angel, and did EXACTLY what the angle said (with out swearing or questioning). For the record if you think an angel looks like those flying statues in Night at the Museum, I challenge you to picture warriors. Whoever told Joseph was no pansy. He spoke truth into an unbelievable situation, commanded him to do something brave against society and maybe even his own instinct, and Joseph did EXACTLY what the angel COMMANDED him. Joseph’s part in the Christmas story is pretty unbelievable. He shows amazing leadership, trust in God and strength for his family. This young man is doing what is right and I just wish I knew him.
18-19 The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.
20-23 While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus—‘God saves’—because he will save his people from their sins.” This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term:
Watch for this—a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son;
They will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”).
24-25 Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God’s angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.
In closing, this is a young man who stood up and followed God, without kneeling to the talk of the town. What about when he takes his family to Egypt later. Courage. Strength. Maybe fear? What is he thinking as he watches his son turn into a man. How does a dad watch his son, the Son of God, who God put under his household, become a man and bear a cross. As you read Joseph’s encounter and as you go on reading, remember this step of faith Jospeh took when He did EXACTLY what the angel commanded him. To me it seems a heavy load, but I think in our life, we can see him as an example. When we look at the big picture it can seem impossible. Look at the responsibilities God brings to you. Be faithful in what He has put before you. One little step at a time. Immediate obedience is so much easier. I appreciate when my kids respond with immediate obedience. Joseph did not delay or only do half of what he was asked. He believed God and trusted him.