Joseph

Matthew 1:18-24

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This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
During this Christmas time I thought about Joseph and in the role, he played in Jesus life. The thoughts that must have went through his mind when he learned the young lady he was engaged to marry was with child. We can read about how loving he must have been to protect her even when he must have felt he had been betrayed. This is against human nature; however, we see in Joseph (before the dream) a man who does not want to cause harm to Mary but quietly wants to get out of a bad situation. After the dream Joseph had the peace to take Mary as his wife. Oh, the faith that Joseph must have had to trust in a dream, but it was more than a dream because he acted upon it and made it happen.
God had a purpose for Joseph and that was to be the man who would raise Jesus. We are not told much about Joseph, but God chose him. So, at this Christmas time look to Joseph as an example to serve the Lord, quietly and behind the scene. Be the one who provides daily support to those around us. As in Joseph’s example, we need not find a purpose for our life, but just be prepare for when God choses that purpose for us we are ready. For it was God guiding Joseph in dreams in the early part of Jesus’s childhood. God spoke to them or to Joseph through dreams on when and where to move to escape Herod (Matthew 2:12,19,22). Be faithful in the small purpose that God has given you in this life.