The story of Mary and Joseph continues…
Joseph is confused. He has just come from Mary’s house and he has heard the most baffling news. Mary is pregnant and naturally, the blame falls on him. After all, he is her betrothed. Definitely, they think he’s responsible hence, the summons. A messenger has come to him just this evening asking him to come down to Mary’s house. He has rushed along, hoping nothing has happened to Mary, only to be told this.
It is clear to both Mary and Joseph that nothing untoward happened between them. Then, how do they explain the pregnancy? Can it be that Mary has been unfaithful? Joseph doesn’t want to think that. Mary is a good woman with the fear of God. It is hard to imagine her being cunning enough to string along two different men.
There must be a logical explanation to this and not the laughable one Mary tells them this evening. A pregnancy by the Holy Spirit? It is quite obvious she is just looking for an explanation to the mess she finds herself in. The thought is as far-fetched as it is impossible.
Nothing can be done about it though. They’d have to break their engagement but it will be done quietly so as not to bring ridicule on her. He knows what happens to women caught in this situation and he loves Mary too much to allow such happen to her. According to the law, women caught in adultery are stoned to death and this situation is dead on. An unexplained pregnancy and a betrothed who knows he is not responsible. Maybe they can pull it off, maybe it can be done without dire consequences. Maybe, just maybe.
That night, Joseph has a dream that totally changes the tide of things. In the dream, an angel appears to him and confirms everything Mary says. According to the angel, she is indeed pregnant by the Holy Spirit and it is for the fulfillment of God’s words.
Somehow, he has been chosen to be the father to the son of the Most High God. He, a sinner, who tries to love God and walk according to his precepts but falls short often, has been chosen to do this all important task. Joseph is filled with awe at the power of God. Nothing is impossible for God, even getting a virgin pregnant without intercourse.
He is glad he doesn’t have to break his engagement with Mary because a good woman like that, who loves God and is ready to obey him, is hard to find.
What remains to be done now is to make arrangements to have the marriage rites completed so Mary can come to his home as his wife.
Mary and Joseph
Few months later
Mary can’t believe she is married. The latest events in her life have been very trying and she has all but ruled out thoughts of marriage. What man wants to marry a woman who is pregnant with a baby that’s not his? It just shows how good a man she has in Joseph; God-fearing and just in his dealings with everyone. Mary is ecstatic.
They are in Bethlehem for the census and Mary is excited to see Joseph’s home town. Although she is heavy and will soon put to bed, she knows they can still make it back in time before the baby comes. Little does she know that she is in for a big surprise.
By the time they come into Bethlehem, everywhere is packed full with people. They can’t get a room in any inn as they were all full. After searching and searching with no result, they see a manger by the road and decide to manage it, just for the night.
Joseph gathers some straw and makes it into a bed for Mary to lie on. The straw is not enough for two beds so he lies on the floor beside her and they go to sleep.
A few hours later, Mary goes into labor and Joseph is terrified, he has no idea what to do. He has always assumed that when the time comes, there will be women around to help his wife through the labor, but alas, the task falls to him and he doesn’t know the first thing about childbirth.
“Mary, can you hold on till morning? So I can get help?” he asks while pacing around watching her pant.
“I don’t think this baby will wait till morning Joseph. The pain is too much.”
“Oh. So sorry.” He keeps pacing, frantically wishing for daybreak.
He rushes to her side as her screams rent the air. He is watching her face intently when he hears a faint cry underneath her whimpers. He searches for the source of the sound and sees the tiny human just between her legs.
“He’s here. He’s here. Mary, Jesus is here.” He shouts, jumping up for joy and laughing joyously.
He carries the child, cleans him up and wraps him in some clothes to keep him warm before attending to his wife
After Mary is cleaned up, she cradles her son in her arms and looks into his eyes. “The son of God is here to bring salvation to the world.” She declares