the angel of the Lord comes to joseph in a dream
Text: Matthew 1:18-25
The story is coming together, just as promised! Years of sacrificing and wandering and prophesying and waiting are all coming to a head. Angels are making appearances all over town and God is calling His people – His precious, ordinary people – to do great things. The excitement is palpable. God Himself will soon make his grand (yet beautifully humble) entrance!
Of course, Joseph doesn’t know just how thick the plot is getting.
When I read this passage it makes me wriggle with excitement. I’ve read the book to the end – I know what’s coming and how it will happen. I want to tell Joseph not to worry about Mary being pregnant out of wedlock, I want to scoot him off to bed that night a little earlier than usual, just so the dream and the angel will come sooner and he can know what I know!
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (v. 21, ESV)
We read Joseph’s story with eager excitement for what is about to happen to him. We know what’s coming – we know that the prophecy is going to be fulfilled and it’s all going to be okay.
But Joseph’s isn’t the only story to which we know the ending. We’ve got the whole manuscript. Even the part that comes after us!
The anticipation and hope we have for Joseph in his situation? We can have that for ourselves, too! We know that prophecies will be fulfilled! We know that Christ is coming back! We know, like the angel told Joseph, that we have nothing to fear – He was coming then to save us, and He’s coming back again to take us with Him.
It’s true, we don’t know what tomorrow will hold. But because of what we do know, we can face it with hope and without fear.
Feel the excitement – the promise – with me today, sisters! Rest in the assurance of what lies ahead. Need a reminder? Check the manuscript. It’s all there!