Welcome back all. It’s been a good spring break, but now back to the writing. I’ve got a lot coming down the pipeline but before all that I wanted to take a moment to look at Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus Christ. It seems like he kind of gets left in the background of the story of Jesus in most cases. In truth, though, this man was faithful, courageous, and strong and should serve as an example to the rest of us of how followers of God should act.
Joseph had a major reason to leave Mary, break of the engagement, and dip out. At first, that was his plan, too. But he was a man of such good character that even though the child in Mary’s womb wasn’t his, he didn’t want to bring her shame and so planned on leaving her quietly. I don’t know that I could say the same if my wife came home pregnant with someone else’s baby.
But God was faithful, too. He sent a messenger to Joseph to tell him that this Child wasn’t conceived by normal means, and no earthly man was this Child’s father. Joseph was informed that Jesus was put in Mary’s womb by the Holy Spirit, to name Him Jesus, and that He would save the people from their sins.
Imagine having an angel come from heaven to tell you your wife was pregnant with the Son of the Creator of everything in existence… 🤯
I can imagine how most of us would react, and I’m not sure it would be as faithfully as Joseph did. I think it takes a strong man to accept that it was his lot to be the earthly father of the Son of God. Who among us would feel adequate for that job? We know God doesn’t make mistakes, and that’s borne out in what we know of Joseph and how well he did the job given him. He was a man of integrity and strong beliefs, sensitive to God’s guidance, and willing to do God’s will regardless of what others thought of him.
What can we learn from this? It’s clear to see that God honors the character traits Joseph displayed such as integrity, that social position is not a very important factor when God wants to use us, that being obedient to God’s guidance will bring about more of the same, and that feelings are not an accurate measure of how right or wrong an action is. Joseph may well have had some apprehension, but if he did harbor any negative emotions they didn’t keep him from following God’s will.
We don’t know what became of Joseph, as we don’t see him any more after he is mentioned when Jesus was 12 years old, but we do know that he fulfilled his duties to the best of his abilities. He had to have been quite the man for God to entrust His only begotten Son to him…
Whatever became of him after Jesus left home, he kind of just fades into the background. I think there’s a lot in the Bible that we kind of just gloss over, like Joseph. It’s worthwhile to think about what you would do were you put in his shoes. Would you be as faithful and honorable as he was? I hope I would be, but if I’m being honest my track record isn’t so great in the area of being faithful.
But the good thing about it all is that Jesus is forever faithful even when we aren’t. He did the unthinkable to give us a shot at avoiding eternal separation from God. That’s a beautiful thing…
Anyway, just what I’m thinking about…
Until next time,