Mary wasn’t the only one who received a message from heaven. God made sure that everyone involved was given all the information they would need for His plan to be carried out according to His perfect will.
“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’
“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ’The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (which means “God with us”). [Isaiah 7:14]
“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.” Matthew 1:18-24
Joseph, the one to become Christ’s earthly daddy, was from the line of David. [Jeremiah 23:5,6] He seems to have been a typical godly man of his day. He thought his plan to divorce Mary was kind, but an angelic messenger gave him divine insight and guidance. Joseph abandoned his own plan for God’s. How is his response an example for us?