18 Now the birth of Jesus Chris was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.
The novel War and Peace starts with, “It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times.” Perhaps these were some of the same thoughts running through the mind of both Joseph and Mary. For both, it was the best of times for they were betrothed. Yet the worst of times because Mary finds herself with Child.
Imagine for a moment being somewhere between the age of 13 and perhaps as old as 17. Most Jewish women during the time of Christ where betrothed by age 13 and married before their 16th birthday.
Now imagine being this age and being betrothed to a man that had previously been married. Not only had he been married, but there was children involved as well. (See Matthew 12:46, 47; 13:55; Mark 3:31, 32; Luke 8:19, 20; John 2:12; Acts 1:14; Jude 1; Galatians 1:19) And to make matters more complicated you are pregnant and it isn’t his baby.
The Bible gives us very few details concerning who Joseph is. As we have seen, he is of the lineage of David from the line of David’s son Solomon. God entrusted him to become Father to God’s own son.
Many of us that are fathers and mothers will remember brining home that first bundle of joy from the hospital. The realization of the awesome responsibility hits home the first time the baby begins to cry in the middle of the night. As precious and helpless as our children are when we bring them home from the hospital, and the awesome responsibility we feel, would the God of heaven allow two unproven people to become mother and father to the future king of Israel? Even as young as Mary was could God be taking a chance? No for God chose a man of experience to be the father of His Son, and God could see the integrity and teach ability of Mary’s heart.
God had told through the prophet Isaiah, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14. Immanuel, God with us. Oh how sweet the promise. The time had come. The fullness of time had here