Matthew 1:18-25 tells part of the story of the facts surrounding the Incarnation, the birth of Christ. All things necessary for good doctrine are revealed and rejoice in this truth. Many have paid with their life for tenaciously promulgating these truths. The other evening while I waited to speak for five minutes a series of thoughts rushed across my mind and heart. The truth of is so plain that we often miss it.
Joseph and Mary were simple, serious, ordinary people. Apparently Joseph was and remained an everyday run of the mill carpenter. There is no record of him having a fleet of camels running around the city with letters branded on their sides, “See Joseph for the highest quality cabinets etc, built to your taste.” The evidence leads us to believe he had one donkey. When he wasn’t chauffeuring Mary around on the donkey, he used it to carry his ladders, material and some tools, much like a modern guy working out of his car. He never appeared at the local college to lecture on his outstanding success.
Mary fits into the same mold. When little more than a child she marries a much older man, which is every young girls dream, There is no intimation that she was scheduled to sing at the ancient LaScalla, though she did speak poetically in the Magnificat. Archeologists have found no record of “Mary’s Best Recipes” or “How to Mother God.” She was just a consecrated girl who loved God.
As Jesus took humility upon Himself, even so, many of the important humans around Him lived with their inner greatness disguised as ordinary.
There may be hope for you.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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