Joseph, step dad of Jesus

I wonder just what went through the mind of Joseph on that 1st Christmas morning. The step-parent that God had chosen to raise His Son as a human was just a nobody. Five hundred years before his forefathers were kings, then a prince in captivity, down to a governor, and somewhere along the line the family had become the village carpenters.

Matthew 1:18,19 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.”

Here is poor Joseph, he is engaged to a young woman who is a virgin yet when she returned from visiting her cousin Elisabeth (Luke 1:56) she is obviously pregnant and it ain’t his. But Joseph was a pretty okay kind of guy; he could have made a big deal out of it, gotten a very public divorce for her infidelity but instead he was willing to be as quite about it as possible to spare everyone as much pain as possible. At least that was the plan.

In verse 20 the angel of the Lord came to him and informed him that Mary had not been unfaithful but that God was using her and him to bring the Son of God into the very world He had made. While he agreed to go along with God’s plan what was going through his mind? If it was me the question of “how can I do it?” would be on repeat.

Everyone in town would think that they had messed around since he wasn’t giving Mary up. His reputation was shot. Then one day a decree was made. Forced to return to his roots in Bethlehem and for whatever reason he couldn’t even get a room for the Son of God to be born in. Now the 1st visitors weren’t even family, just a bunch of shepherds who had no standing in a court of law. They were worse off then Joseph. How much despair was trying to invade his heart? Could nothing go right?

Even after all the hub-bub had died down, when it should have gotten real quite, their lives were turned upside down again. Strangers came wanting to worship his step son. That was alright, but then that night another visit from God’s messenger and they had to flee to Egypt right away because Herod was out to kill the child.

It would be some time before they were allowed to return home from Egypt. In between that return trip and Jesus’ 30th birthday Joseph it seems left this world. Mention is made about Jesus being the carpenters son, the children he had with Mary are kinda talked about, and Mary is seen a few times, but no Joseph, not even at the wedding where Jesus performed His first miracle (John 2:1-11).

It isn’t really about what you can do on your own, it is about what God can do through you if you will just let Him. The results will come in His time, even if we don’t live to see them for ourselves.


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