Later Joseph was urged to not divorce Mary. Yes, she was pregnant and some heartache would follow because of that; but this was necessary to fulfill the ancient prophecies. Joseph was told that the baby was God when the angel quoted Isaiah 7:14 and said that the baby was the fulfillment of that prophecy. His name was Immanuel or “God with us.”
We know that the couple was poor since they gave “two turtledoves or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:24) at the time that Jesus was dedicated at the temple. The poor were allowed to offer only birds for this dedication. Consequently, the unexpected trip to Bethlehem was difficult because they were poor and because Mary was pregnant. When they arrived, they could not stay in the inn but had to spend the evening on the lower floor of the home where the animals stayed. Once Mary became pregnant, life was difficult.
Yet they were never actually thanked or praised in the pages of Scripture. The one who was praised was God the Father. Luke 2:13-14 tells us that God the Father was praised when the angels sang. No one else was included. It reminds me that God the Father planned the virgin birth and planned to adopt every Christian as one of His children (Galatians 4:4-5).
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5 (NASB)
All of this happened at the correct time (Romans 5:6). God the Father planned it. God the Father sent the Son. God the Father wanted to adopt those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior as sons and daughters.Therefore, we should not be surprised that Mary and Joseph were not thanked on that Christmas day by the angels. Instead, the angels praised God the Father.
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude
of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
Luke 2:13-14 (NASB)
Lets join the angels and give our Father the praise and the glory He deserves.