Matthew 1:18–21 (NIV)
Joseph Accepts Jesus as His Son
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered 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 home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
My Thoughts: Me, if it was me today, would I of been able not to divorce my wife if she became pregnant before our wedding, even if I believed I was spoken to by an angle.
In most books, the pictures are depicted as though the angle was seen by the human, as though they had a live conversation. When the angle came to Joseph, was it so real, but it might have or was a dream. What would you say, if your loved one became pregnant and somehow you knew it was from God – would you believe.
Do you think Joseph believed the entire time or was he finally set at ease, not until Jesus became the Messiah he was meant to be. Do you, I do, presume he may have had doubts. During his marriage, do you think he asked Mary about the pregnancy, or did they just kind of not talk about it.
Whether Jesus was born to Mary or not, regardless, I think Joseph should get credit, for he was totally faithful, he won regardless of the outcome of Mary’s birth.
That is the hardest lesson, to know you are going to “win” regardless of the outcome if you have done it in the name of Jesus, you believe it was in, for and motivated by the Holy Spirit, do you agree?