Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word” – Luke 1:38
When the angel, Gabriel appeared to a young virgin named, Mary, in the town of Nazareth and told her that she would have a Son, she found the news astonishing seeing that she had never been with a man. Yet, after he explained how this miraculous conception would happen, she believed him and her response was Yes. She called herself the maidservant of the Lord. In other words, she was going to do what the Lord asked of her.
She even sang a song, glorifying God, her Savior, rejoicing that He regarded her, his humble servant. For saying yes to His plan, she would be called blessed by all generations. She declared that, “…He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name” (Luke 1:46-49, NKJV).
Saying yes to God isn’t always easy. It could cause problems. For Mary a lot was at stake. After she was betrothed to Joseph and just before they got married, she was found with Child by the Holy Spirit. Joseph had no way of knowing how she got pregnant. All he knew was that she was and that was a huge problem. He loved Mary but he couldn’t go through with the wedding. He had to divorce her quietly and he had to do it quietly because according to Jewish law, a betrothal was the same as a valid marriage. So, although they weren’t formally married, Joseph was still considered Mary’s husband by betrothal. A public divorce would have alerted the community to the fact that Joseph wasn’t the father of Mary’s child and she would have been stoned to death for adultery (Deuteronomy 21:22, 23).
Poor Joseph. His reaction to Mary’s pregnancy was understandable. As far as he was concerned she had been unfaithful to him. Mary must have tried really hard to explain how she got pregnant but it must have sounded too fantastic to Joseph. While he was agonizing over what he had to do, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said to him, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20, 21, NKJV).
Joseph woke up from the dream. What a relief. All his troubles were gone. He joyfully did what the angel commanded him. He married Mary but didn’t consummate their marriage until after she had given birth to her firstborn Son Whom he named, Jesus.
Sometimes saying yes to God’s plan for your life might bring trouble, opposition or conflict into your life but God is in control. He knows exactly what He is doing. All you have to do is to trust and obey Him as Mary did. She put God first and He blessed her and us with the Savior of the world. Sometimes a situation may turn out to be completely different from how it appears. Initially, Joseph saw Mary’s pregnancy as a betrayal but once it was explained to him, it became a blessing. In his charge was the Christ Child.
This Christmas, be thankful that Mary said yes to God’s plan despite the risks. She trusted in the God for Whom nothing was impossible. Celebrate Joseph’s obedience too because once he learned the truth about Mary’s pregnancy, he didn’t hesitate do what the Lord commanded him through His angel and as a result he was there to witness God’s greatest miracle–the birth of His Son, Jesus.