Re:Verse reading–Matthew 1:18 – 2:15, 19-23 (day two) “When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.” (v. 24)
Because we often think of Joseph as a polyurethane figurine in a tabletop nativity scene, it’s easy to forget he was a flesh-and-blood person who lived in turbulent times. Blindsided by Mary’s perplexing pregnancy, his dreams at night became a series of ominous, life-and-death communications from God: “Do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife…” “Escape to Egypt…for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” “Go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”
As Joseph wrestled with his own fears and strained to hear God’s direction in the midst of the confusion, he became a person who helped tell the story of what God is doing in human history. God still calls people—you and me included, in the midst of turbulent times—to help tell the story of what God is doing through the now-risen Savior for the sake of all people.
Bryan Richardson, Associate Pastor for Singles, Small Groups, and Pastoral Ministries, guest blogger