Matthew 1:18 ” This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child…”

On this Christmas week, we again look at another person within the birth of Jesus and the very personal struggles he went through. Have you ever been betrayed and humiliated by another person you loved and trusted? Then you know how Joseph felt when he discovered his soon-to-be wife was pregnant…and not by him. Joseph was this kindly, simple carpenter from Nazareth…a very conscientious Jew who adhered faithfully to the Law, where an engagement between two people was nearly as binding as marriage itself. But even though he was completely and utterly crushed by her pregnancy, he still loved Mary and wanted to spare her the indignities required by the Law, even though he had every right…for no self-respecting Jewish man would allow such a disgrace befall him. So he had in mind to quietly divorce Mary in attempt to lessen the gossip of her infidelity. We can only imagine what Joseph went through…all the emotions churning within him, from disbelief, anger, sadness, and depression, that someone he truly loved and cherished could do something like this to him. But it wasn’t until he learned in a dream the truly Divine origin of this unborn child did Joseph immediately trust God’s promise and take Mary as his wife.

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