This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

– Matthew 1:18-19 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor,, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

We can easily turn the Christmas story into a lot of warm fuzzy feelings, but the Biblical narrative has more grit than that. Being engaged at that time was more binding than it is today, so the culturally correct way to end the engagement was with a divorce. But don’t blame Joseph for his reaction, because Mary’s pregnancy was a lifelong mark of shame for her and him. Yet out of their shame would come redemption. God can use the events in our lives that seem scandalous to display His glory to the world.

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