Christmas From Matthew, Pt. 3

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.  Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.  But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 1:18-20

Although he was not His father, Joseph was a part of the Christmas story.  He was the husband of the young woman that God chose to send His Son into the world through.  Joseph was, all at once, thrust into the role of providing for and protecting this young child who would be named Jesus and Emmanuel, because He would save His people from their sins and because He truly was “God with us.”  Joseph, from what we read about him, was up to the task.

In this passage, two things stand out about Joseph: he was good man and he was a thinking man.

Verse 19 says “Then Joseph her husband, being a just man…”  He was a good man.  He loved his wife.  Even when he found out that she was “with child,” he did not want to publicly humiliate her.  He was a good man.  It would be good if the same were said of us.

Verse 20 says “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream…”  Joseph was a thinking man.  He was not rash or hasty.  He “thought on these things.”  He took the time to think things out before he acted.  We would save ourselves much trouble in our lives if we would do the same.

Joseph was a good person and a thinking person.  These things allowed him to have an intimate part in the life of the Saviour.  How are we doing?

 

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