The Christmas story is about
Jesus but I'd like to take this moment to talk
about Joseph. He seems to be almost like a footnote
in Scripture but played a very important role in
Mary and Joseph were engaged
to be married when she became pregnant with Jesus.
But remember, in Jewish society, engagement was
almost as sacred as the marriage. Many times, the
bride to be moved in with the fiancee's family
during this time and then a large ceremony would be
held at a later date for the wedding.
Joseph, after the angel
appeared to him in a dream, took on the
responsibility of marrying Mary when he had every
right to divorce her. Being obedient to God's will,
they were married.
When they traveled to
Jerusalem and there was no room for them to stay
except for the stable, Joseph cleaned up the stable
and made it somewhat presentable for his wife to
have the child. I don't know if you have ever been
in a barn but it is not the cleanest place in the
world and not to mention the smell. Without
fanfare, Joseph cleaned it.
When the angel appeared the
second time warning Joseph of Herod's wrath, he did
not hesitate. He took his wife and child to Egypt
to save Jesus even though he was not the biological
father. Although Scripture doesn't give exact
dates, it is thought that they lived in Egypt for
between one month up to one year.
Joseph had to leave his home
for up to one year. He most likely had to learn a
new language, get some sort of job to support his
family and risk all three being killed if
discovered by Herod. In other words, Joseph was a
man on the run; a fugitive.
This is obvious but worth
repeating. Joseph, without any great discussion or
question, obeyed what God told him to do even
though it caused a tremendous threat to his
standing in the community, his job, his family, and
even his life! How much faith did Joseph
Now, I'd like to present the
same question to you and I. How much faith do we
have? Are we willing to obey God even unto death?
We most likely will not be
put in a situation such as this but we will travel
rocky roads as Christians. When we come to one of
these "potholes" let's try to remember Joseph and
what it took for him to follow God's
Love in Christ
If you have never made the
commitment to receive the love and life-changing
experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to