Wednesday Word 12.25.2019

Matthew 1:18-25 New International Version

18 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. 19 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. 20 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. 21 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.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

I can only imagine what it would be like to be visited by an angel of the Lord in my sleep.  Don’t you think it would be scary? I think I would be petrified! Think of how confusing it would be to be instructed to do things that were contrary to the way your people did things.  Think of the risk you would be taking if you complied and the risk of offending God if you didn’t. I don’t think we spend enough time thinking about the personal courage and honor of Jesus’ earthly parents. It was remarkable. Two very nice yet unremarkable people were chosen for an incredible task. God really does know how to pick ‘em!

Every day, very nice yet unremarkable people are chosen for specific tasks. I am talking about you and me. It is unlikely we will be destined to change the course of humanity, but I bet we might very well change someone’s day. Maybe even their lives. Only God knows the effects our actions have the potential to hold. An angel of the Lord may not visit you tonight in a dream; but the Holy Spirit is with you all the time.  Are you being called? Are you being nudged? You have been given the gift of love and mercy and grace. We celebrate it in the birth of our Savior. We celebrate it each new day. What will you do with it?… something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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