Oct. 6, 09
Luke 2:5 He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant. In this great and well-rehearsed chapter that details Jesus’ birth, I was struck today with this little verse. The most glorious Christmas story, begins with an unwed couple traveling
a long distance, giving birth in a barn, with no mention that they ever married…it makes me wonder…why?
Why drag your fiancée along on a dangerous journey, away from her family and the security she’ll obviously need while ‘obviously’ pregnant? At first reading it might seem unusual, at second, it might seem abusive! From history we know the answer; because Jesus had to be born in Bethlehem to fulfill some OT prophecy, but on the surface, at the time, it seems rather strange.
And what do we make of the fact that there is no mention that Mary and Joseph ever married? Isn’t it bad enough that the Son of God, the Savior of the world, the King of Kings…is born a bastard child to peasant parents…who never do the ‘right thing’ and marry? I wonder if this might be part of the reason that so many self-respecting Jews, (then and now) reject Jesus’ claims to be their Messiah?
The point for me today is quite simple: Jesus came to earth in these most unusual circumstances to prove to us exactly how much God loves us, in all our messed up humanity. There is nothing neat and clean and “holy” about Jesus’ earthly birth. There is nothing neat and clean and “holy” about us either. Maybe that’s why I feel so humble trying to be his disciple. From the womb of an unmarried, too young, mom comes a premature Savior, who despite all the contrary odds…becomes the man his Father destined him to be. In spite of the failures of his earthly parents, his heavenly one still accomplishes His plan. There is hope for all of us! Amen