Today’s Reading: John 18:28(NIV)
28 Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.
Matthew 1:21 (NIV)
21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because He will save his people from their sins.
Have you ever chosen to do the wrong thing for all the right reasons? Sometimes, what makes perfect sense in the moment is something we come to regret as time goes by. Take Joseph, for instance. He was betrothed to Mary, a virgin from Nazareth, who was found to be with child prior to the consummation of their marriage. He loved her and did not want to see Mary lose her life as a result of her pregnancy. She said she had conceived by the Holy Spirit of God. How he wanted to believe the impossible; nevertheless, Joseph chose to divorce her quietly, to avoid her public disgrace and untimely death. He made the wrong choice for all the right reasons; thank God for intervening angels!
On the morning of Jesus’ trial in Jerusalem, the Jews in attendance were more concerned about observing the law, refusing to enter the temple for fear of defiling themselves before the celebration of the Passover Lamb. Could they not see that the Lamb of God was being sacrificed right before their very eyes? A new Passover is coming today, and this One sacrifice will change the heart of humanity for all time. What seems to be a total impossibility is happening because the Great I Am is the Lord of the impossible. Jesus Christ is our Emmanuel; God with us.
The angel told Joseph that Mary would give birth to a son, and that He is to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. That morning, Jesus is fulfilling the angels’ promise. He is our Lord of the impossible.
Grace and peace,
Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO
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