Hope was revealed to an unlikely man.
A man who had a choice to either trust in the Lord or make his own path when everything he planned for his future would not go according to his plan.
This man is Mary’s husband. This man is Joseph.
He was a carpenter. He was a man who had good character. When he found out Mary, his betrothed, was with child, he had to make a choice.
Everything he thought his future would be had completely changed.
His reputation, Mary’s reputation, his future of having a family. Everything he planned for had unraveled before his very eyes.
Joseph, being a man of honor, chose to quietly divorce a pregnant Mary, unwilling to put her to shame. (Matthew 1:19)
However, God intervened.
Joseph's story didn’t end with his decision of divorce. For when an angel of the Lord revealed to him that the Messiah was coming, everything changed.
Joseph trusted the Lord's promise that the child Mary was carrying was the Messiah they had awaited for.
Joseph had faith.
Joseph chose Mary.
Joseph chose to believe and trust in His Lord.
Even though Joseph’s role may not seem significant, we see a man’s character. A man of honor and faithfulness.
Joseph didn’t need a grand title or a platform to be used by God.
Joseph had faith in the future hope of God’s promise and he obeyed that calling.
Our hope is not in our circumstances.
It’s not in our future plans we make for ourselves. It’s not defined by our past mistakes. It’s not dependent on our present struggles.
Our hope is in the Son of God who came to this earth to save us. He chose us. He loves us.
This is our hope.
Our Hope has come.
“And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:” Matthew 1:19-22
~ Sarah Sendejas