Mary and Joseph were engaged but not married yet. Before they had been with one another, Mary was found with child from the Holy Spirit. Imagine the scandal that would surround this young couple. Mary had received a word from the Lord but at this point Joseph was confused and hurt. Not sure what to make of his bride-to-be, being pregnant. Imagine the ridicule she would have faced. Imagine how foolish he would look if he remained betrothed to her. He loved her still and didn’t want to put her to additional shame, so he considered breaking off their engagement, in their day this was equivalent to a divorce.
Then the angel also appeared to him. The angel said to not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, this was God’s doing. The angel also gives the names and purpose of this child in the world. Jesus meaning “he will save” his people, and also the prophecy stating, “behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name, Immanuel, which means God with us.
When Joseph woke, he did as the angel of the Lord said. Mary became his wife, but he didn’t know her until gave birth. Joseph’s costly faithfulness supported Mary and God was with us and came to save. Thank you for courageous and faithful people like Joseph and Mary.