"When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus." Matthew 1:24-25
I have been making the case for my claim that Christmas could have been called Christ-yes, because of the number of hard decisions that were required for the events of Christmas to happen.
If Jesus would not have been willing to commit to sacrificial obedience, Christmas could not have happened.
Then, Mary had to agree to forego all of her plans and dreams to be obedient to the will of God. A "yes" to God meant a "no" to her big church wedding.
One more principle needed to sign on the dotted line. That was Joseph.
God was asking a lot from Joseph as well. Basically, God's request of Joseph was this, "I want you to give up everything that you want to do in order to do everything I want you to do and you won't get much credit for any of it.
Would you make that deal? Who would?
A "yes" from Jesus, and a "yes" from Mary, and a "yes" from Joseph allowed Christmas to happen!
That is why I made the statement, "Christmas could be called Christ-yes."
Their obedience allowed Christmas to become a reality.
You cannot enter this Christmas season without being confronted with the call to obedience. What is God calling to to do? Where is your point of obedience? What will you decide? What great thing could God accomplish through you if you would give Him an unconditional "yes"?