The Birth of Jesus Christ
the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man
and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary
as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All
this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but
knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
Joseph serves as a model
for believers. Before he knew the reason for Mary’s pregnancy, he wanted to treat her justly but mercifully. However, when God’s angel reveals the unique miracle of a virginal conception, Joseph believes, and he fulfills his responsibilities by
marrying his betrothed and raising Jesus. Some people today struggle to believe the virgin birth, but it takes no more faith for us to believe than it did for Joseph. In fact, we have the evidence of Joseph’s testimony
to help us. He saw and believed that God can do what He promises. Likewise, the Holy Spirit works faith in our hearts to believe that God can do anything good and that Jesus is truly both God and man.
I pray: O Holy Spirit, strengthen my faith, and fill me with joy as I reflect on the miracle of Christ’s birth. Amen.