On this Thursday morning, I don’t think I can improve on the words of Max Lucado. God’s blessings on each of you during this special season.
Today’s MP3 Scripture says, “And Joseph took to him his wife, and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus!” Matthew 1:24
Joseph was literally willing to tank his reputation. And he did. He traded it in for a pregnant fiancée and an illegitimate son and made the big decision of discipleship. He placed God’s plan ahead of his own. Rather than make a name for himself, he made a home for Christ. And because he did, a great reward came his way. “And he called His name Jesus!”
Of all the saints, sinners, prodigals, and preachers who’ve spoken the name, Joseph—a blue-collar, small-town construction worker said it first. Joseph cradled the wrinkle-faced prince of heaven, and with an audience of angels and pigs, whispered, “Jesus—You’ll be called Jesus!”
From: Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado