Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Advent Calendar Day Four
"...an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.'"
In the previous verse it says, "Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly." Joseph was a righteous man. During his time of engagement to Mary he anticipated their marriage. But how could Mary be pregnant? He knew the child was not his and so he sought to "divorce her quietly" rather than the alternative for her - death. The visit from the angel opened his eyes to the truth. Mary was chosen by God to carry the Messiah into the world.