And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them at the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest,
good will toward men.
Can you imagine, being a young woman, not yet married, and pregnant, 2000 years ago? This had to be one of the hardest things for two people to handle back then.
Until recently, unwed mothers were looked upon with disdain and thought of as, with a lack of other words to use, sluts. Can you imagine being Joseph, finding out that the woman that you are about to marry is pregnant? I am sure that in that time, the friends that he had probably told him to leave her, and find someone who was more worthy of his love. Someone who wasn’t already pregnant with someone else’s baby. To me, Joseph was an amazing man, in that he stayed with Mary, through it all, and was part of the Savior’s birth, and went through it all. Not being able to find a room for his wife to be, in a land where a woman had to be married before she was to give birth. How hard do you think it was to convince Joseph that Mary was still a virgin? That to me would have been the hardest of things to do…..but God did it. God convinced Joseph that his fiancee was truthful to him and hadn’t cheated on him, even though she was a virgin and about to give birth….
And what a birth it was. One that would change the world, and be talked about for thousands of years. Even now it would be hard to explain to a man that a woman, though a virgin was heavy with child.
But Joseph and Mary were amazing people. They travelled on foot and on donkeys, across the vast expanses of nothingness, and at night there were no lights to lead their way.
For a simple people, it would have been hard to deal with the idea, that God’s son was going to be born of Mary, and that he would grow up to be the savior of mankind.
How do you think you would have handled that? How do you think you would have handled raising Jesus, knowing that when you talked to Him or tried to teach him, you were teaching the Son of God? That would have been an awesome responsibility that would would take the stamina out of the strongest of men….but Joseph handled it.
There really isn’t much in the bible about what Joseph did to help raise Jesus, or if Jesus did any of the raising himself. After all, he is the Son of God. He knew everything, even if he was in the flesh. He knew that he was here for a purpose. He knew that someday he would be crucified. He knew that he would raise again from the dead and make death something that would no longer be eternal for mankind, if they believed in God, and Him, Jesus.
For everyone involved in this birth that night 2,000 years ago, it was an awesome night. Filled with the birth of God’s son, and the birth of a promise that God would make to everyman on earth. What an amazing thing to have lived through. What an amazing thing to have been part of. Jesus is Lord, and we are saved because he lived.
Merry Christmas to all
and too all, blessings from above.
God Bless America
God Bless our Troops