May 11, Tuesday Devotion
Matthew 1:18-2518 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. 20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” 24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.
Quick Notes/QuestionsThe angel's few words carry a lot of weight and burden. How crazy it must have been to be Joseph and receive all of this news. At the same time, he is told that their son will be named, 'God is with us.' I believe this was a comfort for Joseph and that it can be for us as well. No matter how crazy it might seem to follow God, we are not alone, for God is with us. How often do you believe that God is with you?
Lord, thank you for being Immanuel. May we spread that message to all. Amen.