In yesterday’s devotional, we looked at the story of Jesus birth from the physician Luke’s perspective. We focused upon the blessing Mary had to be chosen as the mother of our Lord and Savior.
In the Gospel of Matthew we find a completely different story one in which Mary is not the key figure but Joseph. It got me to thinking, what if we only had this version, would we speculate on if Mary understood the significance of the Child she was carrying.
It is obvious that being a virgin v.23 she would have know that a miracle of God had taken place, that something very special had happened, but could she have even imagined she was carrying the Great I AM.
I often wonder if God decided to show every mother considering an abortion, who there child could be, would they still make that dreadful decision or seek alternatives.
This Christmas season and throughout the coming year let us all pray for every expectant mother.
The Birth of Jesus Christ
Matthew 1:18-25 (ESV)
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Reina-Valera 1960 (RVR1960)