Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Meet the Parents
How much do you know about Jesus’ Earthly parents, Joseph and Mary? If you’re like most of us, you may be a little fuzzy on the details. One reason for this is the Bible contains relatively little information about Jesus’ parents. We can assume the information revealed is what God considered sufficient for us to know about them. However, there are a few important facts all Christians should understand about the man and woman who were considered His family here on Earth.
We are introduced to Jesus’ parents by way of God’s angel Gabriel, who comes to inform Mary of her impending pregnancy. This was an astounding revelation considering she was only pledged, not yet married, to Joseph (Luke 1:26-27). Gabriel was the same angel who God employed to inform Zacharias that his wife Elizabeth would bear him a son, despite the fact they were both well along in years. God used Gabriel next to inform Mary that His Son would be born to her. Despite skepticism from both Zacharias and Mary, Gabriel faithfully carried out his appointed duties for the LORD.
The name of our LORD’s mother was not a coincidence. Mary is the same name as Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron. The name Mary means “exalted”, and indeed it was a great exaltation to be selected as the woman who would bear our Savior. Among women, Mary was the most highly favored as demonstrated by God choosing her for the task of being the virgin mother of Christ Jesus.
Mary was of royal blood. She was a direct lineal descendent of King David and his royal family. She and all her friends knew this, yet it was an honor without much reward. She and her family were poor and of lowly means in this world, so despite her hereditary status, the world paid little attention to her and afforded her no special favors.
She was a virgin, pure and unspotted in the eyes of the community and espoused to one of the same royal stock. Christ’s mother was a virgin because He was not to be born by ordinary means or process, He was born of a promised miracle (Isaiah 7:14). Jesus was born of a virgin espoused and contracted for marriage. Thus, God sends us the message that He honors the married state and wishes no contempt for the institution. Whereas Mary and Joseph had plenty of explaining to do regarding the miracle of her pregnancy, God had made sure that at least the marriage commitment and process had been initiated. Despite all appearances to the outside world, neither Mary nor Joseph committed sin in the conception of the Christ child.
Mary lived in Nazareth, a city in the region of Galilee, a remote corner of the country. Galilee had no reputation for religion or learning. Rather, Galilee was considered as borderline heathen by most Jews, who referred to it as “Galilee of the Gentiles”, which carried an unsavory connotation. But by Christ’s relations being resident there, God intimates favor to come for the Gentile world, which will be redeemed by His Son. We must take comfort in the fact that God can use anyone from any region for His purposes, regardless of their lineage, education, transgressions, or the reputation of their home town.
As little as we know about Mary, we know even less about Joseph. He is praised as a just man, a good and religious man, with a heart willing to forgive Mary of what had all the appearances of adultery (Matthew 1:19). He displayed strength of character we would do well to emulate – by standing by his wife and later taking his family on journeys to Bethlehem and later down to Egypt.
We are told that Joseph was trained as a carpenter. His trade carried no special distinction by society, nor did it provide a lucrative income; instead, it was a humble way to earn a living. Thus, it was befitting of our LORD, the One who humbled Himself for us. Joseph’s profession also provides much symbolism for our LORD. As a carpenter, Joseph was a builder, which foreshadowed our LORD Jesus who came to Earth to begin building His Church. As a builder, Joseph also knew the importance of a solid foundation. This also points to Christ Jesus who serves as our firm and safe foundation (Matthew 7:24-27, 16:18).
Jesus’ parents Joseph and Mary played a key role in bringing us our Savior and it is good for us to get to know them. It is infinitely more important, however, for us to know the Father God, who made everything possible. It is normal to want to know the One who created the Heavens and the Earth and to seek Him in all we do. If we wish to spend eternity with God, we must also seek and meet His Son Jesus, the only Way to God’s Kingdom (John 14:6).
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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