In this narrative, God sends an angel to assure Joseph that the child conceived by Mary who is to be named Jesus (God saves) is also Immanuel (God with us). Divine intervention assures Joseph, Joseph believes and accepts God’s miraculous plan taking place in their life, and the fulfillment of God’s salvation purposes are on the horizon!
Fulfillment speech saturates Matthew’s Gospel. His repeated references to scripture-fulfillment (from this narrative and each of Jesus’ childhood narratives alone) portray Jesus as the Messiah, the completion of the OT story and the fulfillment of the OT promise.
God has been moving in history to provide rescue. The time has come! If we are open to what God has done and continues to do, we won’t be able to miss it! Praise God! : )
(thankful to both Christopher J.H. Wright and N.T. Wright for living lives of dedicated study and reflection with and for God)