Mary and Joseph were told amazing things about their child. They were told the sex, origin, heritage both heavenly and earthly, his name and his purpose. Can you imagine being told you were having a boy, conceived by God’s Holy Spirit, He would be God’s Son and also descended from kings, royalty, his name would be Jesus which meant- God with us, and he would save his people from their sins?
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 Emmanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 21-23
You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end. “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:31-35
These two young people took God at His word and believed what was told to them. Then they acted upon it with faith. They knew who God was and relied upon His holy character to keep his promises. Mary and Joseph were familiar with God’s promises to Abraham and knew “and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3b. They also knew of the promises of God to King David from whom they were both descended, “Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.” 2 Samuel 7:16 They had grown up knowing there was to be a Messiah to come, one who would save them and be their king. Can you imagine their hope, awe and wonder that God would choose them to provide an earthly place for His Son to begin and live his early life?
What do you know about God? Do you know and trust Him to keep His promises like Mary and Joseph did? Do you have faith in God’s power and might to perform such miracles? Take a look at your faith today. Does it match the description of faith given in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”? If not, ask God to increase your faith and open your eyes and heart to see Him and His power around you. God will answer your prayer and you will be blessed like Mary and Joseph with unending possibilities given by God.
Endeavoring to live with open eyes and heart for Jesus,