One of my favorite parts of performing a wedding ceremony is to present the new couple.
At the wedding, I go through the vows and rings. Usually, some sort of sermon or homily is given. There are readings sprinkled in as well. Then, by the power invested in me…husband and wife…kiss!
I enjoy weddings because they are always happy and joyful!
The very last line I say, after everything else has been done and said, is this:
“It is my honor and privilege to present to you for the very first time, Mr. and Mrs. X!”
Today, however, I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Jospeh and Mary!
Last names were different in Israel 2000 years ago. But their last name is not really important for my purpose here.
I am more interested in their mindset.
What’s on your mind? What do you think about all day?
When it comes to the almost newlyweds (almost), they could have had one of three different mindsets.
Because of the pregnancy and impending divorce, they could have had a cultural mindset. Society would say get divorced. Cultural norms would tell Joseph to get rid of Mary.
But Joseph and Mary did not have a cultural mindset.
They could have had a conflict mindset. How would these two get married with her being pregnant? What if Joseph dismissed the dreams as mere wishful thinking? Should they move away? Many conflicts would be swirling through their minds.
Nor did they have a conflict mindset.
They did the right things in this rocky start to a life together. They traveled down the right path. God guided and they followed. They possessed a Christ mindset. Despite all of the pressure to go astray, Joseph and Mary obeyed God in their actions. This was God’s plan.
As we looked at before with Just a Simple Carpenter and Treasure and Ponder, Joseph and Mary acted exemplary in times of trial.
It would have been easy to have a cultural or conflict mindset given the circumstances in which they found themselves.
But they possessed a Christ mindset.
So let that be an example to you and me.
Let me circle around to the beginning of this post.
Friends, it is my honor and privilege to present to you, after some 2000 years, Joseph and Mary!