Joseph: A Man Lead by God

There are three instances during the Christmas story where Joseph, the husband of Mary is lead by God. The Christmas story is supernatural at every turn. Why? Because it is the most important event in history and God is going to get the worlds attention.

Not much is said about Joseph in Scripture but we do know that he is a godly and obedient man and that is seen in his part of the Christmas story.

Matthew 1:18-24 CSB “The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant from the Holy Spirit. So her husband, Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.” When Joseph woke up, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him. He married her but did not have sexual relations with her until she gave birth to a son. And he named him Jesus.”

Joseph was a good man and was even going to honor Mary by divorcing her privately. Joseph’s personal reputation was on the line, but when the angel appeared to him he obeyed the instruction to take Mary as his wife. This is a theme in the life of Joseph, to not hesitate and to be obedient. We see this when he is warned in a dream to flee to Egypt and when he is told to return to Nazareth.

Stop and think about the trust Joseph had to have in God and the trust Mary had to put in Joseph as they went through a census, fleeing to Egypt and returning to Nazareth. Joseph and Mary were obedient and trusted during very difficult circumstances. They raised Jesus well and at twelve they found him in the temple asking and answering questions and astonishing the teachers of Israel.

Every part of the Christmas story hinged on each other. For the prophecies to come to pass God preordained a plan that included Joseph, Mary, wise men, shepherds, Zechariah, Elizabeth and others. Jesus, the lamb slain before the foundation of the world, came into the world at Christmas time, in part because of the obedience of Joseph.

As we celebrate the season let us think upon every detail and rejoice in the amazing plan of God.

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