Today's Scripture Reading: Matthew 1
When Joseph, a righteous man, was ready to divorce Mary in secret, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife” (vs 20). Son of David, this greeting carried weight. Joseph is reminded of his heritage; he is a descendant of David and from the line of David was to come The Messiah. God promised David that he would establish his kingdom forever (2 Sam 7). All of history had been pointing to this moment; a King was coming through the line of David, whose throne would be established forever!
The angel continued, “what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (vs 20-21). What Joseph perceived to be an unfortunate situation was God’s appointed time for redemption. The angel spoke to Joseph’s fear, and he awoke to the promises of the Lord as given in the scriptures. “The virgin will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ which means, God with us.” (Is 7:14) He did as the Lord commanded, taking Mary as his wife. When she bore a son, he gave him the name Jesus, The Lord is Salvation.
The Messiah came through humble events. He did not come with earthly grandeur, for His kingdom was not of this world. His kingdom, the true kingdom, would be established and sustained with justice and righteousness. (Is 9:7) He had come to woo His bride and build His Church. For in Him and through Him all was made, and only in Him and through Him could all be saved. For Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man, was born.