My Christmas story begins at Thanksgiving. The Christmas season is my favorite. I have a lifetime of wonderful memories of Christmas tree shopping, decorating, eating sweet treats, and spending a lot of precious time with precious family. What about you? How does your Christmas Story begin?
The Original Christmas Story
When we think about the original Christmas story and remember Joseph. His story did not begin with making great memories. His future wife, the one who made his eyes sparkle, the one he thought virtuous and pure, was pregnant. Whose child? Why? How could this be???
Now the birth of Jesus was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. But while he thought about these things, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
God’s angel spoke peace to Joseph’s fears, “…do not be afraid…” What Joseph feared was not true or real. So much of the time we fear what is not true or real. Joseph probably played out his fears of Mary’s unfaithfulness a million times in his mind. One thing for sure, immaculate conception was never one of Joseph’s mental scenarios as he contemplated Mary’s pregnancy.
This Christmas season, what is it that you fear?
Allow the God of peace to speak, to calm, and reveal His life-giving truth into your circumstances. …casting all your care upon Him, because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7
Can you imagine getting a visit from an angel regarding the significance of your child? How many of us have wondered if our children will grow up and become “someone,” someone who leaves a mark on mankind, on history, on lives… Don’t we all hope our children will make a positive impact in the world in which they live?
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
How like God… He called Joseph to a hard task and promised him a great blessing for his hard act of obedience. We get to see the story from the backside, the fulfilled side. I can’t imagine that Joseph fully understood in the moment the angel gave him God’s instruction. Joseph accepted and raised as his own, a Son who made the greatest mark on mankind and history the.
Then Joseph being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.
What instruction has God given you to obey?
Are you wrestling with obedience because you don’t fully understand? Most often God calls us to walk in obedience when we don’t fully realize the extent of the benefits of that obedience. Be encouraged and know that obedience always equals benefits.
God’s word is truth.
God spoke. It happened. God speaks of impossible things and causes them to happen. The Christmas story is an impossible story of a virgin bearing a Son.
So all this was done so that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”
The Christmas Story in Flesh
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Clothed in flesh, God came to earth to be with us and to be like us. So He set Himself in the most vulnerable posture to identify with mankind. Jesus grew up like us, born an infant, became a toddler, grew to an adolescent, a teenager, and then to an adult.
What impossible things has God spoken into your life? God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we ask or imagine. When things don’t make sense or arouse fear in your mind, trust God. Trust in His word, in the One who speaks impossible things and they happen. Remember that Jesus is like us, with us, and loves us. We can trust in Jesus who is the Christmas story.