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We often don’t think too much about Joseph’s role in the Christmas story but he had a huge part to play. Joseph, was most likely, a young man possibly in his late teens which would have been the expected time for a young man to marry.  Joseph was already pledged to be married to Mary.  For Jewish people at this time, a pledge was a serious commitment and normally took place up to a year before the actual wedding ceremony.  Scholars tell us that this period before marriage was known as a betrothal.  The Betrothal or pledge was a “formal prenuptial agreement before witnesses” and a legally binding contract.  At this moment gifts such as the dowry and bride price were exchanged.  The only way for this pledge to be broken after this point was through divorce.  And the couple, while still require to abstain from sexual intercourse, could be known as husband and wife. Continue Reading…

Life Unscripted

Will Crawford —  December 8, 2011

Have you ever considered Christmas from the perspective of those who lived it that first Christmas? It is relatively easy for us to look back and understand what was going on. We have the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. I think because of this, we miss the anguish and uncertainty that Joseph and Mary were walking into. Besides, it isn’t that hard to handle uncertainly in other people’s lives; only our own, right? What if the message of that first Christmas, and those who played a part in that great script, became personal to us? What if, instead of us being asked to be observers in God’s Story, we were asked to be participants? Would we want to be a part of His story then? Continue Reading…