Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Joseph, the husband of mary
I decided to write a little bit about the different people that are involved in the Christmas Story. Today I am going to talk about one who isn't mentioned that much but is such a great example, I am speaking of Joseph.
what do we know of Joseph? Joseph was the husband of Mary, who was the mother of Jesus. He was a carpenter(Matt 13:55). He was not the blood father of Christ, but was an earthly guardian of Jesus Christ. He was looked at and recognized by the Jews as his literal father. Joseph was of the house and lineage of David. Thus Jesus, not a blood descendant, was a son of David.
Joseph was espoused to Mary and when he found out she was with child, he wanted not to "make her publick" (Matt 1:19) He loved Mary and didn't want to embarrass her. He later received a visitation by an angel informing him that Mary would give birth to the savior of the world. He awoke and immediately took Mary as his wife. Joseph was an example of obedience, he submitted to the will of his Father in Heaven.
I am even more impressed when I think about how much responsibility was placed upon him. Who would the father choose as the husband to Mary and guardian and father of Jesus? After all, we know that a fathers role is to teach his child correct principles and be an example. This was the role that Joseph was to play for the child Jesus. Many people would become overwhelmed with this responsibility, many would have felt it to hard. But Joseph was willingly and submissive to every thing the lord asked of him. He was a true example of obedience and humility.
May we all become more like Joseph and do all that the lord asks of us, with love and humility.