Scholars tell us that Mary and Joseph were probably both in their teens when they were betrothed and it was discovered that Mary was going to give birth. Scripture tells us that an angel of the Lord visited Mary and gave her the news. When Mary asked how was it possible for her to give birth to a child when she was still a virgin, the angel reminded the mother of our Savior that all things are possible with God. God had promised to provide a Savior in the book of Isaiah, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign; Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) That promise was fulfilled in Luke 1:34-35, “Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Hholy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” It is hard to imagine that Mary was able to comprehend all that she had been told. What would the future hold for her and Joseph? Mary, did you know?
What about Joseph? After all, it wasn’t his child.
What about Joseph? By law, Joseph had every right to dissolve the relationship with Mary. After all, she was going to give birth to a child that he had not fathered. Again, an angel appeared to the young husband and informed him that Mary was carrying the Son of God. Matthew 2:24 tells us “Then Joseph, being aroused for sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and to to him his wife. This is a divine picture of a young couple placing their faith in God, even when they don’t understand all that lies ahead of them. Have a blessed Christmas.