Matthew 1:18-25, 2:1-12; Luke 1:26-38, 2:1-20.
Mary was a young teenager living in the village of Nazareth, and was engaged to be married to Joseph a Jewish carpenter.
One day God sent an angel to visit Mary.
The angel told Mary that she would conceive a son by the power of the
She would give birth to this child and name him
At first, Mary was afraid and troubled by the angel’s words. Being a virgin, Mary questioned the angel,
“How can this happen?”
The angel explained that the child would be God’s own Son and that nothing is impossible with God. Humbled and in awe, Mary believed the angel of the Lord and rejoiced in God her Saviour.
So, just like the angel said, Mary became pregnant whilst she was still engaged to Joseph-.
Can you imagine how Joseph must have felt!
Well, When Mary told Joseph she was pregnant, he must have felt had a whole lot of emotions going through him. Was he disgraced, angry, ashamed, like what will people think?
Obviously, he knew the child was not his because he had not yet slept with Mary. Mary's unfaithfulness carried a n enormous social stigma and Joseph had the right to divorce Mary, because under Jewish law, she could be put to death by stoning.
Joseph’s first reaction was to break the engagement, because he loved Mary and probably did not want to cause her further shame.
But God sent an angel to Joseph in a dream to confirm Mary’s story and reassure him that his marriage to her was by the will of God.
The angel explained to Joseph that the child was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and that his name would be Jesus, and that he was the Messiah.
When Joseph woke from his dream, he obeyed God and took Mary to be his wife in spite of the public shame he would face. Joseph’s noble character was one reason God chose him to be the Messiah’s earthly father.