The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant from the Holy Spirit. 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 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 from 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.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel , which is translated “God is with us.” When Joseph woke up, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him. He married her but did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. And he named him Jesus.
At first, Joseph doubted what God was doing in Mary and was going to divorce her. In your life, how have you initially doubted what God told you to do? What kind of ridicule do you think Joseph was choosing to accept when he married Mary? How have you been ridiculed in your life for your faith and how has it been worth it?
Fun fact: Joseph’s family tree can be traced back to King David in the Old Testament. All of the prophesies said that the Messiah would come through the lineage of David! And it finally happened: Jesus had come. The message of the Christmas season (Advent) is that Hope (Jesus) has come. We no longer have to wait for a Savior. He is here, and He is Jesus!
God, thank you that I can have hope because of Jesus no matter what is happening to me and around me. Thank you that the waiting is over, and I get to experience your forgiveness, freedom, and eternity with you because Jesus has come…hope has come!
Help your mom or dad cook dinner tonight or play with your siblings while they cook if they don’t want help.