Because–He Came

Forgiveness –Because He Came
She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus,
for He will save His people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:21 (NAS)

 

housePerfect! My Mary is going to love this place. Just a few more furnishings to carve…a table, two chairs…

Joseph surveyed his labor of love for his betrothed. Mary’s so easy to please but I want her to live like a queen. What a prize Yaweh has given me. She’s such a sweet, unassuming girl…not the giddy, frivolous type, not vain and empty.

But as of late, heads had turned and whispers were exchanged. Joseph was baffled… Joseph was the last to know. When the gossip reached all the way to where he was, Joseph knew–what hurt too much to believe. But it was true. Mary was pregnant, not with his child, but some other man’s. This was his Mary. Anger raged within. Forgive her—after being played the fool?

Tongues were wagging. All eyes were watching. He knew what was expected of him. He knew the rule. Would he take a stand, would he be a man?  But Joseph knew a God of mercy, a God who rejoiced at mercy’s seat.

That’s it. I’ll do this privately. I’ll not embarrass her. I must protect her. I’ll extend forgiveness and walk away…with my pain.

But Joseph awakened that night to angel glow and heavenly visions, causing his heavy heart to sing with joy. Before the cock crowed, Joseph knocked softly on Mary’s door and with glistening eyes he cried, ” I know!”

Forgiveness—wasn’t it a God who so loved the world that He kissed His Son goodbye to hang on a dirty cross of sin mary and joseph in mangerand shame? Forgiveness—wasn’t it wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in an animal’s crude feeding trough? And forgiveness, isn’t it the heart of Christmas morning?
And isn’t this our message to a dying world, our message to the loved one standing in the rain, our message to the one who crossed us and made us cry?

Last night my heart was grieved as the sting of my petty ways was shown to me through the heart of our Savior. I bowed my head and cried aloud. “Oh, Lord, my life I lay down. Please forgive my childish, trifling ways. Give me a song that sings forgiveness—forgiveness without questions, forgiveness—without a reason or reward—forgiveness because—You came!”

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6 Responses to Because–He Came

  1. Janice Casey December 17, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    What special insight, Margie! Thank you! Love you!

    • admin January 13, 2014 at 10:42 am #

      How moved I was when the Holy Spirit opened my heart to His people who lived so long ago. Broken and redeemed, surrendered and exalted, He moved among them and called forth a generation that did not know Him. Glory!

  2. Sarah Meece December 18, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Beautiful, Margie! I love your sweet spirit! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Love you!

    • admin January 13, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      Dear Sarah,
      Thank you for your encouragement, but my spirit became sweet after an encounter with the only sweet Savior. What love, what extravagant mercy and forgiveness…extended to me…to you!I love you!

  3. Robbie December 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    A forgiven heart is a grateful heart, and gratefulness is the key to joy for God’s children. True Joy came into the world wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. God’s gift of forgiveness…His Son, Jesus.

    • admin January 13, 2014 at 10:47 am #

      Dear Robbie,
      Beautiful insight and so completely true. A grateful heart dispels gloom and doom. A grateful heart is an open invitation to the Savior’s life being lived in us. A grateful heart because of His forgiveness is just as you said…the key to joy!

      Thank you for sharing! I love you!

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