"So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins'” (Matthew 1:19-21, HCSB).
And so Joseph hears the news, his betrothed, Mary, is going to have a child. I'm sure he was confused, doubtful, not really knowing what to think. He could have disgraced her publicly. He had the right to have her stoned. But instead, he tries to keep things quiet. You can tell his love for her in this. He doesn't want her hurt, publicly disgraced.
But then, an angel comes to help out, once again. This angel brings a special message in a dream, just for Joseph. In this dream, Joseph is told that Mary, indeed, is pregnant by the Holy Spirit. She's not lying, Joseph. What she's saying seems so strange, so unlikely, but it's undeniably true. Your job is to take care of her, protect her, and welcome the Son of God into your home. Wow. What a responsibility for Joseph. And I'm sure, what a sense of relief, knowing that that his future wife wasn't, in fact, lying to him. Instead, she was carrying a precious child, a child Joseph would help raise up for an important task, to be the Savior of the World.
Just as Joseph had the privilege of welcoming the Christ child into his family, so do we. We can welcome Him into our homes on a day to day basis. In the way we love, the way we serve each other with kindness and compassion, the way we raise up our children to love and serve Him. And the way we keep our focus on what truly matters this Christmas-season. Jesus.
How can you invite Jesus into your home/ your life today?