December 24, 2022

Timely and Timeless Words


Matthew 1:23 “Immanuel, which means, ‘God with us.’” In the middle of the name you have the little word “with.” The name says there is someone “with” someone. On the two sides of “with” you have two parties. On the one side, “us.” We are people like Joseph. 

In our text, Joseph faces a crisis. Mary is pregnant before their marriage is consummated. How can Joseph remain honorable and, at the same time, protect Mary? Marriage to Mary would be a tacit admission of his own guilt. Yet, he wants to avoid shaming her publically. 

Joseph is in a crisis moment. Any crisis, is both a threat and an opportunity. It is a moment when the flow of future events, for better or for worse, is determined. What should Joseph do? What guides us when we find ourselves in a crisis moment?

Reflection Questions:

  • What does God’s timeless word (“God with us”; “God saves”) mean for you today?
  • How have you received God’s timely guidance this past year?
  • Do you easily trust God’s word to you? Why or why not?