God's Roadmap

Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).


Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Love of the God, the Father

 by Barbara Latta 

Th love of God the Father


I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me
(John 17:23b NKJV).

He cradled the newborn in rough, callused hands, still in awe of the miracle before Him. All the insults and snubs he and Mary had endured these last few months meant nothing to him now as he held God in the flesh in his arms. 

The baby moved his head from side to side and his mouth made sucking noises. Bright eyes peered into the face of the earthly father Jehovah had chosen to raise His Son on the earth.

Joseph thought back to the day Mary returned from visiting her relative, Elizabeth. He had been confused at her departure, yet he was overjoyed at her return. When she left the caravan she had been traveling with he noticed her silhouette was different. 

His intense gaze had followed her as she approached him. Her condition stabbed at his heart. Breath left his body and his head spun in confusion. Her questioning eyes looked to him for acceptance, yet his mind didn’t have any. 

This was not the Mary he knew. Mary was a virtuous young woman. This could not be true. Questions swirled in his mind. Mary had been gone for three months. Did she find someone while she was gone and have a relationship with him? Was she attacked on the way there by a robber or Roman soldier who left behind his seed?

Later that night, he had tossed and turned upon his bed. Sweat drenched his body as thoughts tormented his soul. What should he do with her? He had cherished her and didn’t want to see her punished by stoning, yet the Law demanded it. 

His weary body had finally succumbed to sleep, and an intense dream had troubled him at first, then the message brought peace to his soul.

“Joseph,” the angel had told him. “Don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife for the child has been conceived by the Holy Spirit.”

Joseph’s thoughts jolted back to the present when the baby in his arms made a gurgling sound. He smiled at the infant and laid him back in the manger bed while Mary rested. He walked to the cave opening and gazed at the starry sky.

“How do I do this God? Do I teach Him things, or will He already know? Help me to not let you down. I will give my life to protect Him if I have to.” Little did Joseph know, it would be the other way around.

God chose Mary’s husband as much as He chose her.  Joseph was a righteous man. Not many men in that circumstance would have done what he did. When He said yes to God, he was accepting the scandal that would affect their lives as much as Mary did.

Joseph was willing to sacrifice his reputation to be the earthly father of Jesus. And as loving and selfless as that was, it could not compare to the love of the heavenly Father.

God the Father showed His devotion to the world by making a sacrifice no parent I know would be willing to do. God knew what lay ahead for His Son. And He gave Him anyway. The birth of Jesus was the greatest offering He could send to mankind.

The birth of Jesus was God's greatest offering.


God’s Word encapsulated in human flesh and wrapped in swaddling clothes was more beautiful than the shiniest package topped with ribbon. This present was surrounded by straw and animals instead of evergreen needles and glitter. 

No parties, concerts, plays or human fanfare celebrated this offering. Smelly shepherds were the only people who received the birth announcement from the angels.

Because the value of His gift was not determined by external appearance. The value was determined because it was His heart.

Holiday celebrations are empty when we only focus on the physical. All the material items we receive will soon fade away. We may not even remember from year to year what was purchased for others or bestowed upon us by friends and family.

But the love of the Father is eternal, sacrificial and cannot be taken away. The life of His Son was the price God paid to show us His passion.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life; nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39 NKJV).

All the presents we open at Christmas are ours because someone gives, and we accept their generosity. The Father gave Jesus. And all we need to do to benefit from His love is accept His sacrifice. He gave and we receive. It’s that simple.

How can knowing the value of God’s gift help us as we give to others?  Join the conversation and share your thoughts. 

The life of God's Son was the price God paid to show us His passion (click to tweet)

All we need to do to benefit from God's love is accept His sacrifice (click to tweet)

 Reprinted from December 2019 issue of Refresh magazine. 

8 comments:

  1. Loved your story from Joseph's point of view. Years ago I wrote a Christmas play that focused on Joseph's thoughts and struggles as he faced those hard decisions. So thankful he was faithful and obedient to His God. Really enjoyed your inspiring post. If you have a chance to read mine this week, you will see the same picture and some similarities in content. I guess "great minds" think alike. Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Barbara.

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    1. Isn't it wonderful how God works and tells different ones of us the same message? Joseph is an inspiration to all of us that he would take upon himself the scandal marrying a pregnant woman would bring. His character is remarkable. Thank you for sharing, Katherine and I do look forward to reading your post. Blessings and Merry Christmas!

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  2. I love how you told the story from Joseph's point of view! I'm sure he had many of those thoughts and fears. What a remarkable man god chose for Jesus' earthly father! thank you for a great post! I wish you and your far-flung family a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

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    1. Yes, God knew Joseph's heart and that's why this man was chosen. Joseph had a great task before him but his obedience showed how great his faith in God was. Thanks for sharing. Blessings and Merry Christmas!

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  3. I had chill bumps the whole time I read. You capture Joseph's struggle so well. I feel like God is teaching me so much more this year about the value of His sacrifice. Jesus's love is enabling me to release resentment and hold out the gift of forgiveness to those who wounded me. Thank you for your encouragement.

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    1. I'm so glad you were blessed. God has given us so many lessons through the struggles of people in the Bible because He knows we all have the same difficulties to deal with. His Word is that healing balm. Thank you for taking the time to share. I pray you will find comfort and peace in the arms of God your Father. Blessings and Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Sylvia. May you have a blessed and happy Christmas!

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