It is often said that “seeing is believing.” But an even more empowering Truth is “believing is seeing.”
We often read The Bible as a history book or a prophesy about the future. We don’t realize that what we are reading is Truth for now. And we may completely miss that it has anything to do with us individually.
As I studied what Mary and Joseph may have known about Jesus before He was born, I found an interesting observation.
A Bible historian said, “As far as we know from historical records the Old Testament books were already assembled by the time of Mary and Joseph.”
Therefore, it is likely Joseph would have heard both the prophecies of Isaiah and Micah.
Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for Me One Who will be ruler over Israel, Whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.
However, Joseph never dreamed the prophecies would have anything to do with him.
After the angel’s visit to Joseph, I wonder if he had an epiphany. I wonder if he saw it. A virgin will conceive. She will have a son. He will come out of Bethlehem. He will be great.
Did Joseph hear what the prophets had not written because God wanted to tell him in person?
“I saw you, Joseph as I see you now. I saw Mary. I chose you to be My earthly parents. You have not seen Me in the flesh and yet you believed in Me.
“Now because you believe, you will see Me in the flesh. I will appear in flesh and dwell among you.
“Because you have been my faithful son and have called me Father, I will be your faithful Son and call you Father.”
And then Joseph heard from His Father and Son the words the angel had told Mary.
For with God nothing shall be impossible.
Joseph bowed low before His Father in humble gratitude. He married Mary in both
Love and obedience.
He went forward believing what he could not yet see, because he knew he would be with The One Who sees and knows all.
Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed!