This is the best love story for today. The love that never gives up.
Today we read a love story like never before and never again. the man and the woman involved and the decisions they made out of love is beyond human comprehension! who are they?
This historical story involves a young godly royal woman who was a virgin. She was engaged to be married to a godly royal man, in a conservative religious rural society over two thousands years ago. Although she and her husband to be were of royal descent, they lived humbly, he being a carpenter. Yes, her name is Mary and his name is Joseph, both of King David’s lineage.
Mary was told by God (through an angel) that she was to give birth to a boy, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and He will be the Savior of mankind. Joseph was told in a dream given by God similarly that he had to honor their marriage agreement even though she will first have a child not born of him.
Imagine the impact of such unbelievable demands from an unseen God to these two humble mortals who had to live on in a conservative society. How did they respond? Why?
Mary’s positive response showed she was godly and knew God’s reality in her life. She believed God’s messenger. She agreed and duly conceived and gave birth to the Savior, Jesus Christ the Messiah.
Joseph’s positive response showed too that he was godly and knew God’s reality in his life. He believed in the message given to him in a dream and duly married Mary and protected her and her child, Jesus.
We cannot help but wonder, why did an innocent girl like Mary agree to the misunderstanding, malicious gossips, blatant slanders, humiliation and hurts she had to face, perhaps through out her life on earth? It had to be love. The love of God compelled her. Why did she continue to choose to marry and follow Joseph? She must have loved him too and known him to be worthy of her trust.
Similarly, why did Joseph not simply quietly brush off the matters and sever all ties with her and marry someone without a stigma? Again, the only plausible explanation is love. Love of God and love of Mary.
Read the Bible for the full historical record of this love story of two individuals who chose the narrow road. History proved that their decision was right.
Luke 1:26-35; Matthew 1:18-25