Joseph took the path of courageous obedience, and took Mary as his bride.
“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:2)
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” (Micah 5:2)
Here’s what I want you to do. Go to Bethlehem, find this child, and then come tell me where he is, so that I can worship him, too.”
…made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:7 KJV)
He tends his flock like a shepherd; he gathers the lamb in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those who have young. (Isaiah 40:11)
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me. (John 10:14)
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12)
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.” (Luke 2:14)
My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of his servant…for the Mighty One has done great things for me- holy is His name
Primarily, we see in these events that God doesn’t do things in the way you might expect.
“…for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you.” (1 Chronicles 28:9)
1. He meets those who see Him.
…he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
2. God gives first-class preference to the so-called second-class.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)
3. God’s plan often circumvents conventional wisdom.
This was God’s plan, and it was not what anyone expected it to be.
“Yes. I am the Lord’s servant. I am willing to do what he asks me to do
What he wants most in you and me is a willingness to seek him, a desire to hear his voice, and a heart prepared to obey.