Written by Erren Harter
I am guessing most would claim to have heard and know the Christmas story.
Last week my middle son’s minister sent out a list of Bible versus to read leading up to Christmas. The first one was Matthew 1:18-25
The Birth of Jesus the Messiah
18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” 24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son;[b] and he named him Jesus.
So, I read the scripture above and learned that betrothed means engaged. I also learned to my surprise that Joseph had “planned to dismiss” Mary when he found out she was expecting a child, but in a manner so not to disgrace her. But, an angel of the Lord intervened.
Can you imagine trying to live through that situation today?
The Footnotes available with scriptures indicated Joseph staying with and quietly marrying Mary made the baby Jesus the “son of a carpenter” rather than the “son of a harlot!”
That could have been problematic.
Just saying even at my age the Christmas story is still unfolding and acknowledging there is a lot we all still have to learn.
Have a Merry Christmas and the best New Year ever!
I’m Steve Sauder