Have you ever wondered why Matthew tells us that “Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph” and then in the very next verse he tells us that Joseph was planning to “divorce her quietly?” How does that work? And was Joseph being insensitive or was he demonstrating the noblest of character? I’ll give you a hint – it’s the latter, and the context here will shock you. Christmas came at a cost for Joseph. But nothing he lost would ever compare to what he’d gain in the end. And the same is true for us as well. Welcome to Joseph’s vantage point this Christmas season. May we be as faithful as he was.
(This teaching was done at Church of the City in Franklin, Tennessee.)