HOW JOSEPH SAVED CHRISTMAS
When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord
commanded and took Mary as his wife.But he did not have sexual relations
with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus. Matthew 1:24-25
Not once, not twice, but three times an Angel of the Lord
appeared to Joseph in a dream. The first time was to instruct him to marry
Mary. The second was to tell him to take his wife and Jesus to Egypt, and the
third brought instructions to take his family home to Israel. Think of the
faith Joseph must have had to hear and trust God.
Joseph not only had to recognize his dreams were from God
and not from a bad fig, but he had to act on his instructions. He had to
overcome social prejudices and heckling for marrying a pregnant girl. He had to
have the courage to leave his country to travel to an enemy land across the
desert (with an infant) and then finally to discern that God, and not his own
heart, was actually calling him back home.
What if Joseph had decided to have Mary put away? Would
Jesus have been born in Bethlehem to fulfill prophecy? If Joseph had stayed in
Bethlehem, would Herodís soldiers have found Jesus and killed Him? What if Joseph
had come home early, or not at all? God was looking not only for a virgin to
bear His Son, but also for a godly man who wasnít afraid to follow the Lordís dictates
and directions. Joseph had yielded his will to Godís. He was a man of faith.
When God calls you into service, will you listen? Joseph did
and he helped raise the Son of God. He was just an ordinary man who got very
little credit for his faith, but donít you think he was richly rewarded in Heaven?
Can we be like Joseph? Can we do what God asks, and be His man in the right
place at the right time? Strive to be like Joseph.
Prayer: Lord, cause me to be a person with a singular
focus - Your will. May I be "prepared in season and out of seasonĒ (2 Timothy