Posts Tagged ‘Joseph’

I’m sure those of you who have children, all hope your child will grow up and achieve great things in their life, and maybe even make meaningful changes to the world and those who live in it.

For Mary and Joseph, I wonder how they felt – They knew their son was God’s own son, and great things were already planned for him, plans for him to change the world.

There’s a song by Steven Curtis Chapman called This Baby which for me, tell us all about Jesus’ time on earth, his life and his achievements.

And love made Him laugh and death made Him cry.
With the life that He lived and the death that He died,
He showed us heaven with His hands and His heart,
‘Cause this man was God’s own son.
This man was like no other one,
Holy and human right from the start.
 

Jesus came to earth to change the world, but has He changed you?

Mary and Joseph tried to find somewhere to stay in Bethlehem so Mary could give birth to Jesus, but it was so busy they couldn’t find anywhere to stay. That was, until one of the innkeepers offered them the one place they had left, a stable, where they would need to rest amongst the animals. At least that innkeeper let them in or the Christmas story may have been so different!

Just as the innkeeper let Mary and Joseph in to his stable, so Christ wants us to open our hearts and let Him into our lives. This Christmas let’s remember that Christ is Lord, and the Prince of Peace, so let Him into your life today.

 

 

Ever got fed up waiting for God to answer your prayers? I think we all have, in fact I think we’ve all got slightly annoyed or frustrated at God when He (in our opinion), takes His time answering our prayers.

God always answers our prayers, but in His time.

 

Joseph waited 13 years.

Abraham waited 25 years.

Moses waited 40 years.

Jesus waited 30 years.

If God makes you wait, you are in good company.

 

Imagine

Posted: December 14, 2014 in baby, Christmas, friendship, life, music, Relationships, religion
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Can you imagine how Mary must have felt knowing she was to give birth to God’s son?

In the song Breath of Heaven we get a little bit of an insight into how Mary felt, and how she truly believed God would help her to be strong.

Overwhelmed, terrified, scared, lonely, inadequate but probably also excited about the Christ’s immanent arrival on earth. It’s not surprising Mary felt as she did about the huge responsibility that God had placed on her, but just like us these days, I‘m sure she came to realise that God would not have asked her to bear His son if he didn’t think she could handle the responsibility and pressure that put on her. She would feel so alone, because in those days, a woman who was pregnant out-of-wedlock was seen as something disgraceful, so she would have felt lonely  and outcast by her neighbours and friends. But she was wrong, as Joseph stood by her despite how others would see her.

How many of us would have done that if the penalty for doing so was to be spurned by those around you?

Breath of Heaven

I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary with a babe inside
And I wonder what I’ve done
Holy Father, You have come
And chosen me now to carry Your Son

I am waiting in a silent prayer
I am frightened by the load I bear
In a world as cold as stone
Must I walk this path alone?
Be with me now, be with me now

Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy
Breath of Heaven

Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one should have had my place?
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of Your plan
Help me be strong, help me be, help me

Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy

Breath of Heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me Your holiness for You are holy
Breath of Heaven, Breath of Heaven
Breath of Heaven

 

Yesterday we celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ. Today we think about just what His birth meant to Mary, his mother – How must she have felt to know that in her arms she was holding the Son of God?

What an awesome responsibility Mary and Joseph had to nurture their son, God‘s Son. I don’t know about you, but I think I would have crumbled under the pressure, thankfully Mary and Joseph weren’t me, and they did a wonderful job of caring for and looking after Jesus as he grew from a baby into man who saved the world!

Child of Love

Child of wonder, close Your eyes
Rest here in my arms tonight
Someday You will save the world
But tonight I’ll hold You right here in my arms
 
Precious miracle of life, child of love
Gift of hope, the gift of light from the Father above
And You were made for all mankind
You will always be mine, child of love
 
Gabriel‘s promise has come true
God has blessed this world with You
And as I humbly hold You now
In my heart I know I’m holding Heaven’s child
 
Precious miracle of life, child of love
Gift of hope, the gift of light from the Father above
And You were made for all mankind
But You will always be mine, child of love
 
Precious miracle of life, child of love
Gift of hope, the gift of light from the Father above
And You were made for all mankind
But You will always be mine, child of love
 
Child of wonder, close Your eyes

Over two thousand years ago when Mary and Joseph tried to find somewhere to sleep, there was no room for them…there was no room for Jesus.

Over two thousand years on, those of us who believe in God and believe the true reason we celebrate Christmas are in the minority, as everyone else has no room for Jesus.

This Christmas, please don’t get too caught up in buying presents, partying, and making sure you’ve got all the food required for Christmas dinner, without at least sparing a few moments to remember the reason for the season.

Make some room for Christ this Christmas, He’s waiting for you this Christmas.

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him… give my heart.

 

 

Following on from yesterday’s blog post, Mary’s Story, I want you to consider a little bit more how Mary felt when God asked her to give birth to His Son.

This time however instead of focusing on how her faith in God, I want to think about the woman called Mary, who must have been scared and frightened. She must have worried how Joseph would feel about her news and how her friends would treat her as in those days, being an unmarried mother was considered to bring disgrace to the family.

This whole side of Mary, just like yesterday, confirms just how strong Mary’s belief and trust in God was. She didn’t hesitate in agreeing to God’s wishes, despite the reservations she must have been feeling.

So again today I challenge you to be a brave and trusting as Mary, and accept God’s directions for your life. God knows what is best for your life, and He knows better than anyone what you are capable of, so don’t hesitate to say to God today, Mary didn’t all those years ago!

Jesus knocking on doorWe’ve all heard many times over the years how Mary and Joseph tried to find somewhere to stay in Bethlehem, but were constantly told there was no room.

Is Christ knocking on your door today, asking to be let in?

No matter whether we are worrying about something or someone, sick or ill, or mourning the death of a loved one, God loves us and will always have room for us in His heart. Therefore let’s make room in our hearts and time in our busy days, to let Christ into our heart’s this Christmas.

Who Is He? by Bellshill Band of the Salvation Army:

Who is He in yonder stall,
At whose feet the shepherds fall?
 
‘Tis the Lord! oh wondrous story!
‘Tis the Lord! the King of glory!    
At His feet we humbly fall,      
Crown Him! crown Him, Lord of all!
 
Who is He in deep distress,
Fasting in the wilderness?
 
Who is He the people bless
For His words of gentleness?
 
Who is He to whom they bring
All the sick and sorrowing?
 
Who is He that stands and weeps
At the grave where Lazarus sleeps?
 
Who is He the gathering throng
Greet with loud triumphant song?
 
Lo! at midnight, who is He
Prays in dark Gethsemane?
 
Who is He on yonder tree
Dies in grief and agony?
 
Who is He who from the grave
Comes to succor, help, and save?
 
Who is He who from His throne
Rules through all the worlds alone?

How many times have you been travelling somewhere in the car, with children, and before you’re anywhere near your destination they start asking, “Are we nearly there yet? Are we nearly there yet?”

Imagine how Mary felt travelling to Bethlehem while very heavily pregnant. Do you think she kept asking Joseph every few minutes, “Are we nearly there yet?”

Never having been pregnant I can’t give you any words of wisdom regarding how Mary might have felt during the last few hours of her pregnancy, as she travelled to Bethlehem. However I can tell you that based on the experiences of family and friends, I’m sure Mary would have been hoping her baby would be born soon, and there would be no complications.

But Mary’s pregnancy was no ordinary pregnancy as she was going to give birth to the Son of God! What an incredible responsibility she must have felt!

So by this time on the first Christmas, I’m sure Mary would have been delighted and relieved when Joseph told her there wasn’t far to go

Here’s a video of the song Not Far from Bethlehem performed here by Carol Gaddis & Joyful Noise:

Joseph’s Lullaby

Posted: December 26, 2009 in Christmas, love
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Can you imagine how Joseph felt when he found out Mary was expecting a baby?

Matthew 1:18-19 (The Message)
The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.) Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced.

At the time of Jesus’ birth Joseph would have been frowned upon for marrying a woman who was pregnant outwith marriage. But Joseph believed in God. He believed that God had a plan for Mary and him to raise this child, the Christ child.

Mary and Joseph loved Jesus just as a mother and father should love their child. The song I’ve used above by Mercy Me portrays some of the thoughts and feelings Joseph must have had when Jesus was born. A beautiful song and a lovely presentation.


Be blessed by the love of God, our heavenly Father this Christmas.