MARRY, THIS CHRISTMAS
Mary and Joseph became the parents of other children and they shined through as good parents. However, their first son is the Person and reason we celebrate this season. For Him, we gather, sing, and celebrate this season and many Christmases to come. Let’s examine the union that provided Him a family, shall we?
Before Christ was born, his mom was engaged, you see. In those days, the engagement period was legally binding, requiring a divorce to break it. Betrothal was almost as binding as marriage but without the physical intimacy. According to the law, carelessly breaking this commitment called for death by stoning. (DEUT 22:23-30). Then, the news came. Mary was pregnant! It appeared to all that she had carelessly broken her engagement.
“Mary’s husband, Joseph, was a good man. He did not want to cause her public disgrace, so he planned to divorce her secretly” (MAT 1:19) At this point, Joseph had not understood that she was pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit but the Bible calls him ‘A good man’. He had remained celibate all this time, he thought this girl was precious, he thought they had a commitment but here she was; Pregnant!
It made no sense but he decided to save her face, hide her from shame and protect her life. He loved her.
Many of us are blessed with good men and good women. They loved us enough to get married and they still do; good people! Maybe not perfect, but good. In the light of Christmas when we celebrate love, take time out to appreciate God for this good man He has given you, this good woman. Celebrate their strengths and for once, look past their flaws. Like Jesus’ dad, let love override anger.
They may not meet your expectations but let your devotion shine through.
It turned out that they did have a commitment and God respected it. Mary was faithful, Joseph was just and God actually explained. (MAT 1:20-25). The way it turned out really makes me smile: “He married Mary” (MATT 1:25). Remember your commitment this Christmas as we celebrate Christ, the identity of God’s love for us. Love your spouse and find a way to show it alright? Marry your husband. Marry your wife. Merry Christmas
Written by: @ToluKumuyi