20 Dec Let’s Ask Joseph
Does JESUS still come today? Let’s ask Joseph Matthew 1:18-23:
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).”
Have you ever had a spouse, a child, a friend, or a co-worker begin a conversation with the words, “You’re probably not going to believe this?” If your reaction is anything like mine, then you are probably thinking, “you are right, I don’t believe whatever it is you are telling me.”
Come with me in your mind back to the conversation between Mary and her fiancé, Joseph. “Honey, I am not sure you are going to believe me, but I have something I need to tell you. You know how all of the scholars have been talking about this being the right time for Messiah to come? Well last night, just before I got into bed an angel, Gabriel in fact, came and gave me a message from GOD. He said that I had been chosen to be the mother of the LORD JESUS. I told him that while I was flattered, this just wasn’t possible, because, well you know, we haven’t… Well, anyway he said, no problem, the HOLY SPIRIT would come over me and I would become pregnant. And guess what, I am. Isn’t this exciting?”
You know what happens next, Joseph says, under his breath, “momma didn’t raise no fool”, and out loud, oh Mary, you are so right; I do not believe your story. I care about you, in fact I love you, but this just cannot be. I will see how I can take care of the problem that you have created. But GOD stepped into Joseph’s life and revealed HIMSELF to him. GOD said, “not so fast Joseph, she is telling the truth. What she has told you is exactly what has happened.” When GOD appeared to Joseph in the dream, everything changed. Joseph took Mary as his wife and together they raised JESUS from birth, through the terrible twos, the teenage years, and into young adulthood. JESUS worked along side Joseph in the carpenter’s shop and learned the value of work and what it means to be a husband and a dad.
Sometimes, JESUS comes in dreams and visions to clarify for us the road that HE has already mapped out for us, to help us make decisions that are in accordance with HIS prescribed will that is in HIS word. HE already knew exactly the role that HE had for Joseph to play and HE came at just the right time to help Joseph comprehend that his life was part of the bigger story of redemption that HE had written from before time began.
If you have children, ask them about their dreams. Some can be funny, some scary or absurd, but some can be from GOD to help guide them as they seek how they are to live. Take time to pray and to thank GOD that HE can and does use dreams to help us walk in HIS way.