Joseph was betrothed to Mary.....now in that day, a betrothal was more binding than a modern day engagement. It was a form of marriage although the two didn't live together. It was such a binding agreement that a divorce was needed to break the relationship.
Mary was a virgin. Please read the story starting in Luke chapter 1 and forward. We come in John chapter 1 verse 14 to understand even more that the Word (Jesus) became flesh and made his dwelling place among us. He chose to live with and among us. He experienced the same joys, sorrows and temptations that we experience, so He understands us and yet He was without sin, thus becoming the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
I hope all will rejoice in this wonderful gift from God today and every day of the year.
Now I'll take you on a tour of the last of my Christmas decorations. I've posted them sporadically because, well, that's how I put them out!
One of my favorites, the manger scene. The stable where Jesus, the King of Glory was born and wrapped in swaddling cloths and laid in a manger of hay.
The manger scene represents the Inn where there was no room for Mary and Joseph; they ended up in the stable.
The angel who made the announcement to the shepherds watching their flocks by night;
The star (I don't have that, it must have fallen off one year) that guided the wise men from the East, who came to give gifts to the new baby King.
Most importantly, the baby Jesus, born to die to save us from our sin.
Remembering that it is His birthday!
This is a Nativity I made when I was in my ceramics phase. This one was made in 1995, the same year I married Russell. (Just a little FYI)
This is a scene I really love. One year I found these little "Christmas gift frames" and put pictures of childhood memories of Christmas. One is a picture of Russell as a child...another of me as a child.....then each of our children and daughters' in law as children. All Christmas memories.
Russell's mom gives us a santa every year. Now that we no longer have a piano to display them on :) I scatter them throughout the house.