Perhaps they were in the last stage of preparing for the arduous journey or maybe they were already on their way. Regardless, it was a tough time and we all know that it didn't get any easier right up to, and including, the birth. What an amazing manner that the Lord used to bring his only Son to earth as God and Man to offer the gift of salvation.
Or what about the Wise Men or the Shepherds? How about the townspeople seeing them on the road to Bethlehem? Were they aware of the miracle coming and what it would mean to the world?
As we continue our focus on Christmas at this time in God's plan for us and the world, let us think about just how difficult it was for this couple and all the others involved, knowingly or not, in this story for the ages. Remember, Joseph and Mary could have turned down the mission assigned to them by God, yet they didn't, and because of that the Greatest Story Ever Told begins with them. This will result in the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Great Profits and bring to earth in human form the Savior who would change the world. When his time on earth was done, He would leave it with the gift of forgiveness of sin for all of us, weak mortals that we are. Some will choose to accept it by believing in Him through faith while others will reject him by freely choosing not to believe. But God's love and grace are attainable, regardless of their past by those who say yes to His offer. And the beauty of the human side of the story is one that should be reassuring to all who want a divine future. What an appropriate message to receive from the life experience of Joseph and Mary just days before the special celebration reaches its glorious climax. Glory, glory Hallilujah!
Let's talk about this tonight and get ready for the great event, commemoration and the future to come on North Florida Writer Live. The show starts at 9:30 pm and then will be available on demand. Hope to see you then. Here's the link: