This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.
The verse tells us that this is how, or literally, this is the manner in which it happened. There’s a pattern that the Lord uses in bringing about His will. It’s important that we see it.
First, there was an unexpected pregnancy. This is interesting. The pregnancy wasn’t expected. Yet the Messiah was foretold hundreds of years before.
Just like today. God promises things, and then we forget it…or write it off. Israel was captured and conquered many times. Would the fulfillment ever take place?
And yet, in the fullness of time…Mary was found to be with child.
There is a supernatural announcement. Angels appeared to both Mary and Joseph on separate occasions.
God usually doesn’t do things in the dark. He always announces His plans. That’s why we need to be a people who not only pray – but listen.
When the birth was imminent, it was announced to shepherds and wise men.
Then it came to pass. What God promises, will happen. Even though we don’t always know the how or why.
Finally, when Christ was born, there was a reception of joy. “Joy to the world…” He who is born must be received and with that receiving comes great joy.
God wants to do the same in us right now.
My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…
God’s work in us is a birthing process. There’s a promise. But then – an unexpected pregnancy.
I wonder sometimes; with all the prophecies about the Messiah in the Old Testament, did they think He would just appear out of thin air?
There are many great and precious promises God has for us. We think the same thing sometimes…that they’ll just happen. No, there’s a process.
It involves birth pangs. There’s breathing, pushing, work, and sweat. They come in waves, right up until the time they’re birthed in or through us.
When you think about Christ being born in a manger…think about the same process for His will being born in us. Wait patiently for the fullness of time – then the rejoicing.
Have a very blessed Christmas as you celebrate what Christ has done!
© 2017 Nick Zaccardi