Matthew 1:18-20, Matthew 2:13-14, Matthew 2:19, Matthew 13:55
Have you ever thought about what it must’ve been like? What if must’ve felt like?
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21)
How important it had to have been to God for His Son to have a father figure here on earth. This chosen man, the legal father of Jesus, was Joseph.
Have you ever wondered why God chose Joseph? Do you think it was because he was a business icon, a power player, royalty or maintained a certain level of social status? I don't think so! Joseph had a respectable job as a carpenter (Jesus is referred to as "the carpenter's son" in Matthew 13:55) but he wasn't seen as a wealthy man by any means.
God had a call for Joseph's life that was not weighted by earthly possessions or a title.
"God doesn't call us to be successful, He calls us to be faithful." Author Unknown
After doing some research on Joseph, I think God chose Joseph for several reasons. The first being he was a righteous man. “Then Joseph her husband being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. (Matthew 1:19) Joseph was sensitive and kind, wanting to handle Mary’s pregnancy in a private manner (not typical during their time). Joseph was obedient every time when the angel came to him in a dream. “But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:20) He believed and followed the direction of the angel of The Lord.
Another example of Joseph's sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and his obedience is in Matthew 2:13-14 - 13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt.
Joseph had yet another dream where an angel appeared and told him to go back to Nazareth after Herod's death (Matthew 2:19). These are all examples of Joseph's sensitivity to what God wanted him to do and his willingness to obey. God must’ve known that Joseph would be faithful to trust His only Son in his care.
Joseph was a protector of his family. He was willing to trust God and do exactly what the angels instructed him to do.
What if Joseph hadn't been so willing to be used? What if there had been no Joseph?
When we see the nativity scene at Christmas time, who do we speak of? I think it is important that we don't forget the important role Joseph played in the birth and early childhood of Jesus. God chose him just like he chose Mary. God knew what Mary and Jesus needed and provided it.
When you see the nativity scene this Christmas, think about Joseph and his role in bringing our Savior into the world.
Joseph was an ordinary man used by God in an extraordinary way.