Joseph's response was obedience (Matthew 1:18-25). When he heard that his betrothed was with child, he had planned to divorce her quietly. Yet after the message God sent him through an angel in a dream, Joseph's natural reaction was obedience. He took Mary as his wife and purposely led his family through each step God revealed to him.
Mary's response was wonder and reflection (Luke 1:39-56). After hearing the news that she was to be the mother of God's Son, she took some time to visit her friend, Elizabeth - away from the city, away from the crowds of people who might judge. She was still before God and poured out her heart in song. We see this response again as she watches the shepherds and wisemen visiting her baby - she treasures up what she sees in her heart and marvels at the plan God has set before her.
The shepherds' response was one of excitement and joy (Luke 2:8-20). After the angels told them what had happened in Bethlehem that night, the shepherds immediately left their fields to find the baby. Their worship and enthusiasm didn't stop there - they ran throughout the city telling everyone they met of their encounter with the angels and their witness of the Savior of the World.
The Wisemen's response was one of worship and sacrifice (Matthew 2:1-12). These men left the comfort of their homes and traveled for several years to reach Jesus and when they found Him, they offered the small boy treasures fit for a King. In recognition of His position as Lord and Savior, these men gave glory and honor. Humble worship and sacrifice.
Simeon and Anna's response was truth-speaking and thankfulness (Luke 2:22-28). This man of God and prophetess met with Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in the temple. They had waited many years to witness the Messiah's arrival and their response was an outpouring of truth-speaking. They could not hold back their joy and thankfulness that the Savior had finally come and that God had blessed them with the honor of being able to bear witness.
What will your response be to the news of Jesus' birth? How will you receive Him into your heart and home this season?
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