Then Joseph her husband, being a just [man], and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. Mat 1:19 KJV
The man Joseph was faced with an overwhelming truth: Mary, his fiancee, was pregnant and he was not the father. Mary was to be put to death, if Joseph followed the demands for justice in his day, and he was a just man, a man of the law. He agreed with law and order and the prescribed punishments for those who would break the law, but, he was also a man of mercy.
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed. Psalm 85:10 Joseph would not have Mary put to death, instead he would have mercy and deal with the matter privately. His love for Mary would overrule his love for justice.
As it turns out, Mary was with child by God’s design. She carried in her the Son of God who would take away the sin of the world. Jesus would become the justice that paid sin’s penalty because God would have mercy instead of death. As Mary bore the child publicly, so God had his child, Jesus become the man who would publicly bear the punishment for sin. He suffered the death penalty because God who is just is also God who is Merciful.
Who among us deserves the death penalty because of sin? All of us! Who bonded mercy with truth and paid the penalty we deserve? Jesus, the son of Mary and the Son of God. Grace came down. Mercy was given. Righteousness and peace have kissed.
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