Because He Came

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—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 then walk away…with my pain.

But Joseph awakened that night to angel glow and heavenly visions, causing his heavy heart to sing with joy. BeforChristmas lightse 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 and 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?

mary and joseph in mangerAnd 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. Jo December 23, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    Excellent!

    • admin December 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm #

      Thank you my precious sister for leaving your notes of encouragement!

  2. Robbie December 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

    God is with us.

    • admin December 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

      So awesome that He truly is with us…all the time! Not just when we feel it but in the dark and slippery places where we doubt His presence. He is Emmanuel…God with us. There is no shadow of turning in the Lord!
      em

  3. Michelle Mann December 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    Simply beautiful!

    • admin December 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

      Thank you my dear Michelle for your love!

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