Advent Guide: Week 2 Weekend Devotion

Advent Guide: Week 2 Weekend Devotion

December 7 - December 16
Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-38

Mary & Joseph
Scripture Readings: Matthew 1:18-23; Luke 1:26-38

By Jay Strother, Campus & Teaching Pastor, The Church at Station Hill

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

What do all of the following have in common?

•    Batman and Robin
•    Calvin and Hobbes
•    Han Solo and Chewbacca
•    Macaroni and Cheese

We call these “dynamic duos.”  When we hear one, we automatically think about the other.  Can you think of any others?

Let’s add one from the Bible to the list: Joseph and Mary. As the couple chosen by God to parent Jesus, we know they had to be very special people. What made them special? Why did God choose them for this important assignment? The Bible gives us some important clues.

In Matthew 1:18-25, we read about how Joseph got the surprise news. When an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and told him “do not fear” and to take Mary as his wife, he was obedient and “did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him” (v. 24). While we might think that Jesus, the newborn King, should be born in a palace to a powerful ruler, God instead chose a humble carpenter for a very important reason. Joseph’s character, as the earthly father of Jesus, was a reflection of the character of the heavenly father, who is both just AND loving; He is both righteous AND kind!

Now turn to Luke 1:26-38 and read about how Mary responded to the news that she would be the mother of Jesus. At first, she was troubled, just as any of us would be if a powerful angel showed up one day and spoke to us! The Bible says she tried to “discern” what the message could be. That word means “to think carefully.” As the angel said she would be the birth mother of Jesus, Mary didn’t stop the conversation but instead shows a humble faith and accepted all the angel said. Although she didn’t understand everything, she surrendered to God’s plan and said, “May it be to me according to your word” (v. 38). Another way to say this would be one day echoed by Jesus Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane before His death on a cross: “Not my will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42).

Individually, both Joseph and Mary displayed a strong faith. But together God used them to raise His Son on earth, as “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people” (Luke 2:52). This Advent season, may we be like Joseph and Mary and learn to place trust in God, so that we might be used for His mighty purposes.

Build Your Own Nativity: Add Jesus’ parents, his mother Mary and his earthly father, Joseph to your nativity scene. Talk about how Mary and Joseph displayed such strong faith in God by following Him obediently.