Joseph and Mary – Privileged Parents

What a delightful couple; bound together by a deep and true love and genuine respect. It was early in their relationship, with marriage in view, that Mary discovered that she was with child. This had come as no surprise, as the angel Gabriel had announced Joseph Daher  to her some weeks previously that she would be the mother of the Lord Jesus. This would be accomplished by no human agency but, “the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing that shall be born of thee (or “that which shall be born of thee, holy”) shall be called the Son of God.” God therefore was His Father; Joseph was Mary’s husband but never the father of the Lord Jesus.

Begotten Of The Holy Spirit

His therefore was a supernatural conception; conceived of the Holy Ghost. Adam and Eve came into this world by creation; we all arrived here by generation but Christ came by Incarnation. It is described in the Word of God as a great mystery but we believe it in its every detail although we cannot understand or explain it. In this way the Lord Jesus did not partake of human sin but all the while He was here, was impeccable, meaning that it was impossible for Him to sin.

Although these details had been communicated to Mary, Joseph was not at that time aware of all that had happened and as he did not want to embarrass Mary, he advised her to remain in seclusion until the birth of the child. He may have had misgivings about Mary; he may even have considered not going through with the marriage but then the angel of the Lord appeared to him also, in a dream, and advised him of the facts of the situation. This put Joseph’s mind at ease and allayed all his fears regarding the purity and chastity of his young wife to be.

Just as the time for her to give birth to the Lord Jesus approached, a decree from Caesar Augustus meant that all subjects had to return to the town of their birth to register in a great nationwide census. This resulted in Joseph and Mary having to make the long and arduous trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem, Mary being great with child. When they arrived in Bethlehem, there were crowds everywhere and so there was no room for them in the inn. They were compelled to go to a humble dwelling and while there, Mary gave birth to her firstborn Son, “wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger”. In her arms she lovingly cradled the Son of God, incarnate in a babe.

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