THE BIRTH OF CHRISTMAS                               Luke 1:26-38

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife (Matt.1:24)

When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and then to shepherds with good news for the world (Luke 1:26-27; 2:10) was it good news to this teenage girl? Perhaps Mary was thinking: How do I explain my pregnancy to my family? Will my fiancé Joseph call off the —- that what will the towns people say? Even if my life is spared, how will I survive as a mother all alone?

When Joseph learned about Mary’s pregnancy, he was troubled. Had three options. Go ahead with the marriage, divorce her publicly and allow her to be publicly scorned, or break off the engagement quietly. Joseph chose option three, but God intervened. He told Joseph in a dream. “Do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is  conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:20)

For Mary and Joseph, Christmas began with submitting themselves to God in spite of the unthinkable emotional challenges before them. They entrusted themselves to God and in doing so demonstrated for us the promise of 1 John 2:5; “If any one obey’s his word, love for God is truly made complete in them.” May God’s love fill our hearts this Christmas season – and every day – as we walk with Him. Albert Lee.

PRAYER LINE: Fill my heart, Lord with rejoicing at the gift of Your love and forgiveness found in Your Son Jesus.


Obedience to God flows freely from a heart of love. (ODB)

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