Matthew 1:18-25, “18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23″The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”
24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.”
Poor Joseph. Mary was chosen for the miracle and he got to go along with it. Being the stand up honorable guy he was, there were a few options. 1.) Obviously, a strong case could be made for stoning – but that would be messy and he would certainly loose some friends in town. 2.) Divorce her quietly – nice, neat, legal. 3.) Fulfill the marriage agreement – hope that God would look favorably on his honor and that she would be faithful to him. While he was mulling over idea 2, an unidentified angel showed up and explain what was really going on. So he woke up and chose to do what the angel had commanded him, take option 3.
Luke 2:1-7, “1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Sometimes when buisness calls, it has to be dealt with. Nobody in the land Israel particularly liked the Roman guys in charge, but they didn’t like the idea of defying them either. Joseph had to go and it was probably not a good idea to leave her home. So we know how the story goes, the town was full up. The only available shelter for the evening was a barn. And so that’s how Jesus came into the world – but that’s not all.