Friday: December 18, 2020
Reference: Matthew 1:18-25
Matthew 1:18 This was how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. His mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they were married, she found out that she was going to have a baby by the Holy Spirit.
In the words ‘don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife’ (Matt 1:20), we see salvation resting completely on the response of Joseph. Let me reiterate this: even when the plan of eternal salvation hang in the balance, with the real prospect of Mary having no husband and Jesus losing any connection to the lineage of David, the only thing God did was to make ‘a suggestion’.
He presented his case to Joseph and waited for his response. Thus, even after Mary’s YES, Joseph’s YES was now required. And mind you, it was His decision to make for he was told not to be afraid ‘to take’, that would be his own action. Today’s text begins with the words “This is how the birth of Jesus came to be’. I paused immediately after reading this statement because my attention was drawn to the word ‘HOW’.
Whenever one seeks instruction and guidance on the approach to take, the question asked is” HOW” because HOW provides intricate details. It establishes missing links, reports specific measure and lists sequences of execution regarding a process. Beloved, “How” often solicits for a ‘playbook’, instructions that are intended to lead to specific results while honouring process.
It would seem best if we only knew about the exploits of Jesus, the healing, miracles and many wonders. Those were his results, but we ought to also consider the ‘how’. He did not just become, He went through an entire process which commenced even before his birth. It is in that process that we can begin to truly appreciate the results He achieved. So beloved, don’t ignore the process, they are present for a reason.