“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:18, NIV)
With the first Sunday in Advent, many Christians began their preparations for the celebration of the birth of the Christ child. One of the most significant revelations to us about Jesus’ birth has to do with trust. Under stressful, crazy, and unbelievable circumstances, Mary and Joseph trusted God to keep his word and care for them and their son. There is also a developing trust between Mary and Joseph to watch out for each other.
Try to think of the record of Jesus’ birth as though you’ve never heard it before. Joseph and Mary were engaged. There had been no sexual consummation of a romantic relationship, much less a marriage. But Mary was pregnant through a preternatural union between her and the Holy Spirit. Joseph considered ending the relationship. Mary was frightened. After angels appeared to them bearing news that Mary was carrying the Son of God, Joseph and Mary decided to proceed with the marriage and await the birth of their son.
Are they crazy? No! They embody one of the most powerful examples of trust in God and trust between husband and wife, soon to be father and mother. The birth of Jesus is one of the most dramatic articles of faith in Christianity. However, the trust embedded in the birth is sometimes overshadowed by its miraculous glory. While understandable, the trust enveloping the birth of Jesus should not be minimized or overlooked.
It is an example for parents expecting their own child during any season. It also provides insight to all who celebrate the birth of the Christ child.