Joe’s Story

It’s CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN 2020 here on GUWG where from now until December 25 we’re preparing our hearts for the arrival of the Savior of the World.

Let’s say you’re just a regular Joe. You live in a small town. You’re a carpenter. You’re engaged to be married to a nice girl. Life’s pretty ordinary.

But then something extra-ordinary happens. One day, your fiancée comes to you and says something like: “I’m pregnant. But don’t worry — I’m still a virgin. It’s God’s baby. Isn’t that awesome?”

How would you react?

Here’s what Joseph did:

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” — which means, “God with us.”

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

(Matthew 1:18-25)

Just like Mary, Joe set aside his doubts and plans, took a leap of faith and trusted God. We should all do the same.


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