Sometimes cast aside as a minor player in the retelling of the Christmas story, Joseph’s story mirrored that of his wife in many ways. He sat with her marvelling at this baby. He wondered about the baby’s origin. And yet, Joseph was forced to make a choice that not even Mary had to make. Where Mary carried the baby within her, Joseph had to choose to stay, to involve himself in the baby’s life. Let’s examine Joseph’s risky choice and what it tells us about this significant figure in the Christmas story.
Mystery and Majesty: God With Us
The Christmas season often presents us with a confusing conflict of emotions—anger and joy, depression and solace. And while the story of Jesus’ birth grounds so much of our joy and brings comfort to so many of our hurts, it also carries with it questions as well. This two-message holiday series, Mystery and Majesty: God with Us reminds us that despite our questions and struggles, God wants us to cling to Christ as we marvel at His mystery and His majesty.
When a baby comes into our lives as parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, or sisters, we rejoice in the magnificence of God’s gift of life. But how much more did the family rejoice in wonderment when the child was Emmanuel, God with us? When God took on human flesh at the birth of Jesus, He brought a wonder to the world that had yet to be seen.