An unwed mother and a step father was God’s plan “A” for bringing His son into the world. Mary and Joseph were betrothed but Mary had never been touched by a man…and she was still pregnant. Joseph is not the biological father but steps in to father the Child anyway.
I find it interesting that under the circumstances Mary was in she might not make some church leadership teams…and yet this was God’s plan “A”. You know what this does for me? It makes Jesus relatable. Think about the circumstances Jesus was born into. Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to register as a family in the line of David so they could pay a Roman Tax. If you just read this then it is just a phrase. But think about it this way. Everyone from the line of David was in this town- Josephs entire family was in Bethlehem and yet there was still no room for Mary to deliver her baby.
Have you ever stopped and asked why? Or do we just jump through the story out of yearly obligation? Let’s ask why. Why was there no room? Because the family did not want to have anything to do with them. It was culturally unacceptable to be pregnant out of marriage- it was even more unacceptable for Joseph to not do away with Mary. So with this in mind think of this. They were rejected. Forced to a place with animals to birth the savior of the world. Jesus was born into rejection right in the middle of a family feud. This was God’s plan “A”! This is how He set it up.
It wasn’t clean- it was chaos. It wasn’t comfortable- it was cramped. It was everything we go through on a daily basis. It was life and yet in the midst of rejection, in the middle of a barn- grace was introduced into the world. This makes Jesus relatable, and I think that was the point.
Hebrews 4:15- For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses…”
Jesus is relatable to us because He has been where we are. What are you dealing with? What are you going through?
Remember what looks like plan B for us is always God’s plan “A”