Pastor Tim Romero
Matthew 1:18–19 (ESV): "18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly."
Things aren't always what they seem. Even if something appears scandalous on earth it may be a holy work of the Father from heaven. The birth of Christ is a great example. Those on earth thought it to be sinful but God was orchestrating the holiest moment in the history of man through a work that seemed unimaginable. That is our God! Assume nothing, walk by faith in everything.
The Gospel according to Matthew is a presentation of Jesus as the true King of Israel and her Messiah. Matthew begins with the genealogy of Jesus through the lineage of Joseph, the legal father of Jesus but not by blood. Jesus' biological father was God the Holy Spirit for He touched the womb of Mary and she was with child. Joseph was prepared to divorce her for he assumed she committed adultery but an angel appeared to him and explained that Mary was given the child by way of the Holy Spirit. He is to call the child Jesus, which means "The Salvation of Yahweh."
The Virgin Birth is an anomaly that must have been very hard to walk out for both Mary and Joseph. What a picture of the Christian life. We are called to walk by faith and not by sight. It is easy to make assumptions based on what you see but we must always remain open to the reality that God may be doing something peculiar in our lives in a way that might seem strange to us and others. Don't look to what is seen but to what is unseen. Live your life with your eyes fixed on Jesus. It is the only way to be successful. Amen?
Father, we thank You for the reminder that You work in ways that might seem strange to us and others around us. May we never assume anything but live our lives running all things through the filter of Your Spirit and Word. May we surrender our thoughts even when it doesn't make sense to us and walk obediently in Your Spirit we pray in Jesus' name, amen.