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esus was obviously unique. God chose Mary as the mother of Jesus; but he also chose Joseph to raise the Savior. It must have been a mixture of heart rending emotion as Mary was to learn that God chose her for such an important mission. She knew it would be amazing, but, also terrifying to expose her betrothed to such scorn. Then, young Joseph–having to deal with the feeling of betrayal; followed by the gravity of raising someone else’s–GOD’S son. Sure, he was was of noble lineage–as was Mary; but, to parent the Messiah! Really!

These two young people were about to embark upon a journey to change the world. God chose carefully and as always, perfectly, to place  His son in the world with the right folks, at the right time, to carry out the most important mission of all. Jesus came to reintroduce God to men, and to make a way for them to reconnect with God, and personally join him for eternity.

God rarely does things as we would. If it was my son, I am sure there would have been one heck of a celebration. CNN, Fox News, angelic banners and big old celebrations–announcing Jesus entrance, and making sure people knew and followed him! But, that was the point–God wanted His chosen to follow Jesus willingly and without fanfare. The Father wanted people to be in relationship–simply because they saw the need and desired the life.

God truly demonstrated His love for us–In that while we were sinners–he did this…sent his son to live and die in an ordinary way, as an ordinary guy, with ordinary parents in an ordinary place.  He came to be one of us–the obvious best of us, but, still just one of us! That really is true love!

God Bless You

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.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[g] (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.