December 22, 2017

Friday
Matthew 1:18-25

The Ugly Preparations

Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus is short and simple. He uses more words reporting the genealogy of Jesus than he does in reporting the birth of Jesus. Did you see anything “ugly” in Matthew’s account?

How do you think Joseph felt when he found out Mary was pregnant, especially knowing it wasn’t his child? That would have been scandalous in their day and time. The Scripture says, “Joseph was a righteous man, and planned to send Mary away secretly.”

Clearly, God works in mysterious ways! The ugliness disappears when we learn God’s plan, and even more so when we do what he tells us to do.