Over the last two weeks, while on vacation, there was so much bad in the news. There was a shooting in Colorado and a mass murder in California. I got so tired of hearing about all the evil that was in our world, I decided to turn the station to something that many of us enjoy. Yes, a sappy love story on Hallmark!
After the movie was over I turned in for the night, with a prayer on my lips to what I was to share in this article for Titus II. I heard the Lord speak so clearly to me that I now find myself, while in the Seattle airport at 2:25 am, writing what God has laid on my heart.
God reminded me that there are many true romances in His Word, but the one that is most wonderful is found in Matthew 1:18-19, “The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined (distressed or humiliated) but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.”
This is the greatest love story, for it brought about the birth of our Savior. But before Jesus was born, Mary at the age of around 16, had to be willing to be Jesus’s mother. Do we realize what happened to young women when they were found to not be virgins back in that day? Many were taken outside the city gates and stoned to death.
Not to mention the shame that Joseph must have felt when it was very evident that the woman he loved and was engaged to was pregnant, and he knew he was not the father. This man loved his betrothed so much that he did not want to bring her public humiliation and possible death. He did not want revenge or for her be disgraced.
I’m sure Mary was fearful of what Joseph would think, and she knew the possibility that he would turn her away. But she had given her word, when the angel told her what was going to take place, she humbly said, “Be it unto me as you have said.”
How many of us would have been willing to do what Mary did? How many of our loves would have cared so deeply for us that they would want to shield us from the ridicule of the crowds? I am so impressed by this young couple’s deep love for each other.
Because they were willing to listen and obey when the Lord spoke to them through the angels, we now have the Christmas message and the Easter revelation of salvation for all mankind. So on this Christmas season, when we are watching those cheesy Christmas love stories, let us not forget the one wonderful romance that lead to our Saviors birth.
I so appreciate the sacrifices that Mary and Joseph made to raise the Son of God, because by them doing that, we are now a joint heir with Jesus and one day we will rule and reign with Him.
Have a blessed, and yes, a romantic Christmas season.