The young girl lay in her bed and tried to think but thoughts were all jumbled. Nothing seemed to settle into anything clear. How would she tell her parents? They were both so full of love for her; so devoted to God. What would she say? Perhaps it really was all a dream; or should she say, a nightmare? No, it wasn’t a dream. A vision maybe? Her body felt a trembling. She turned to her side and lay her hands on her abdomen. No, it was neither a dream or a nightmare or a vision. It was real. She was pregnant; yet she had never been with a man. How would she tell her parents such a thing; and equally disturbing, how would she tell her fiancé?
Haven’t you and I been in similar situations? Oh, I don’t mean surprisingly pregnant; I mean, loving and serving God, when suddenly with no warning, the world goes all topsy-turvy. Everything is going wrong. You find no words to explain. Perhaps you can’t explain because you don’t understand yourself why bad things are happening in your once-upon-a-time peaceful world. Why is God allowing all this, you wonder to yourself, or perhaps your complaints are out loud for all to hear.
Joseph couldn’t sleep. He never would have dreamed any such thing of Mary. She came from a devout family, true to God. Her parents carefully raised their children in His ways. How heartbroken they would have been to have Mary publicly shamed. He couldn’t do that to them. He couldn’t even have done it to Mary. He had made his decision to break the engagement quietly, hoping that with time idle gossip would subside. It was in the middle of these thoughts that it happened. Was it a dream? A vision? No, it was a messenger from Almighty God. What an amazing message indeed. Mary was pregnant by the divine hand of God.
Joseph and Mary were required by law to go to Bethlehem to pay their taxes. Mary was due anytime now but she pleaded for Joseph to take her with him. He understood. Cruel words had been hurled at them both. “Never mind the words,” Joseph had comforted her,” God’s ways are not our ways but always they are the best ways.” Mary continually thanked God in her heart for giving her such a man of faith and understanding. The days had been so difficult, but he was right. God’s ways are always for our own good, even when the way forward is so unclear and the path difficult to walk.
It happened the very night they arrived in Bethlehem. So many people were in the town to pay their taxes. Every inn was booked. Jospeh could find no room for he and Mary. Finally, seeing Mary’s very pregnant condition, a kind innkeeper said if they didn’t mind, they could find a place where he kept his animals. Joseph was grateful. He piled hay into a sort of bed. Mary lay there and gave birth to the most wonderful gift God would ever give mankind.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but would have life eternal.” John 3:16
This is why we have Christmas; the day to celebrate when Jesus Christ was born. God had Him born in human form. He had one mission only. To pay for the sins of mankind by His own death. It had to be Him to pay the penalty because only He is holy and only holiness could be presented for lasting payment. It is for anyone for the asking. There is nothing God will not forgive. We only need come to Him with a sincere heart. Seek that forgiveness and you will find it — in Jesus. There is no other way. What a wonderful, amazing, peaceful life it is to have Jesus in it.
Merry Christmas and may this New Year be filled with God’s blessings.