“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. Matthew 1v18-25
We don’t often think that much about Joseph, he often seems to be somewhat of a bystander to the events, after all most of the work done in bringing Jesus into the world was done by God and Mary. But for a moment just imagine for a moment what that must have been like for Jospeh?
The woman you love is not only pregnant (a very big deal) but it is claimed that this is all part of the ancient prophecy that will bring about the Messiah. How is Joseph still standing?!
Some men would have run a mile or ridiculed and shamed Mary, but not Jospeh - upon hearing the whole story he accepted this with grace and humility. Playing his part in loving and caring for Mary and the unborn child.
How often do we jump to a conclusion before we have had time to properly hear and reflect on what is before us? How often do we make the assumption that we know best?
Jospeh is an example, I believe, of a deeply Godly, spiritual man, who accepts the Word given to him with faith and regardless of the cost and potential shame it would have brought upon him and his family takes Mary by the hand and leads her to his hometown, fulfilling the prophecy and ushering in the Messiah.