You know, just as God created Eve from Adam's rib, God created a tiny baby in Mary's womb.
- How does Joseph's obedience speak to your concerns today?
- What void can a creative God help fill in your life right now if you'll have the faith that Mary and Joseph had?
00:14 Man, I love Christmas. I start getting ready for Christmas probably before fall begins, and, honestly, when I drive down the road sometimes by myself, I'll play Christmas songs in October. I love manger scenes and I love to read about Christmas. In Luke 2, verse four and five, we read about the first Christmas, and it says this, "And Joseph also when up from Galilee to the city of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem because he was from the house and the family of David in order to register along with Mary who was engaged to him and was with child." Engaged with child. Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it? You know, understandably, he wanted to send her away for nine months so she wouldn't be embarrassed publicly. But God said to Joseph, "Hey, that baby's mine." Marry her and raise that child as if he were your own.
01:11 So Joseph swallowed his pride and did exactly what God commanded him to do. And you know what the lesson from this is so obvious, you know, in this great account. Jesus' conception was an exception to the rule that had never happened before and has never happened since. You know, just as God created Eve from Adam's rib, God created a tiny baby in Mary's womb. And then secondly, you know Joseph, though kind of put it in an embarrassing position, came out a winner because he shut his ears to the world's gossip and the rumors and accusations and did just what God told him to do it.
01:52 And then, and then, the last thing is this: man, the miracle child of Bethlehem is still the miracle child of today. And y'all, if God can do that in Mary's womb, what can he do with the void that you feel in your life today? And, and here's the questions, isn't this a great devotional? How does Joseph's obedience speak to your concerns today? And then what void can a creative God help fill in your life right now if you'll have the faith that Mary and Joseph had? And then this one, a miraculous God can build a miraculous family if everybody in the family will have faith like that.