Jesus before he was born on earth – Part Three

Matthew 1:18 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.19 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. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

We must remember that Joseph had no way of knowing it was the Holy Spirit who had made Mary pregnant. Mary had received a message from the Lord, via an angel before she fell pregnant with Jesus (see Luke 1:28). So she anticipated the pregnancy. However, how do you explain to your husband to be that you will soon be pregnant with God’s baby? It is not something someone is going to believe. So perhaps she said nothing, or perhaps she told Joseph and he thought she was using this to cover up some other activity. But look at Joseph’s reaction – he was faithful to the law and did not want to publicly disgrace her. Joseph was a religious man – a man of integrity and goodness. He did not understand initially that Mary was expecting a child by the Holy Spirit. How can anyone understand that? It may sound easy when you read it now in  hindsight, but if this was happening to you in real time, you would never believe it!

From the time of his conception, Jesus already caused controversy. Joseph was thinking about divorcing Mary, when the angel appears to him in a dream. The greatest act of human history was busy playing out in the lives of two young Jewish people. A young Mary (some people estimate she was about 14) and a young man Joseph, parents to the Son of God. They were entrusted with the physical upbringing of Jesus, but we have been entrusted with the spiritual force that lives within us by the Holy Spirit. Let us also do what is right in the sight of the Lord.

 

Thoughts from Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

The great thing about the Bible is that the very first words tackle one of the most common questions on the minds of people – today and yesterday. The origin of the world – how it all began. People are always asking – how did the world begin, how did it all start? The commonly held ideas, are that God created the heavens and the earth as per Genesis 1:1 and the other theory is the big bang theory. Personally, I think it takes a lot more faith to believe the big bang theory – but people say it takes faith to believe the Bible. Either way, lt’s be honest, we don’t know for sure. But I love the way the Bible puts it! In the beginning God! The only way in my mind that the world could have started was with God (a being that is bigger than time and  creation). If you believe the big bang theory, then how did all the matter get there in the first place? God must have created the matter for the big bang, surely!

It is interesting that God created the heavens and the earth. People are searching for life on other planets, and I reckon they are wasting their time – because God created the earth. Anyway, who cares! The earth was empty. Did you ever notice that before? The earth was formless (maybe it was not even round in the beginning?). It was also empty. It had loads of water – in fact it was just a blob of water all held together by gravity (in my guess).

But God was there in His creation. The Holy Spirit hovered over the waters – he was there watching to see what was next. When you next speak to the Holy Spirit, you should remember He was there at the start. He has been around – so He knows a lot of stuff and He knows you. He is a great gift from God that we need to treasure in our lives.