“She will give birth to a son,
and you are to give him the name Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
Joseph was understandably upset when he heard Mary’s news – and probably found her explanation impossible to believe. He would have been entitled to break off their relationship, have her publicly branded as an adulteress and very likely stoned to death. It says much for him that instead he ‘had in mind to divorce her quietly.’
However, one night an angel of God appeared to him in what must have been a very powerful and vivid dream. The angel confirmed that Mary’s pregnancy was of God and gave him similar instructions to those that Mary had received. He included these important words,
“because he will save his people from their sins.”
Here was the one and primary reason for the coming of God the Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. This was His over-riding purpose and aim. No matter how important and valuable His other activities and ministries may have been this was the one that was forever foremost in His mind. This was what took Him to the cross.
Only through Jesus can I be set free from sin
Father against You, and You only, have I sinned. Please forgive me in Jesus Name, Amen.