What about Joseph? ~ A Meditation

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I’ve thought a lot about Joseph in the past few days.  You know, the earthly father of Jesus.  Can you imagine being him? 
Here he was, betrothed to the girl who was to be his wife.  
How well did he know her?…..How long had they be engaged?……Did he love her?
I love the account in Matthew’s gospel.  It says in verses 19-25:
And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 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. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,  but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
He thought about quietly divorcing her.  This is because he is human.  He must have loved her because he did not seek to publicly shame her.  But then, the angel appeared.
He listened.
He obeyed.
Here is what struck me.  The angel points out that Joseph is is the son of Daivd.  That’s King David.  You know, the one promised to be part of the lineage of the Messiah.
Joseph had no real claim to the baby Jesus.  Or so it appears.
But the reality is that the prophecy was all about Joseph too.  He was chosen.  Just like Mary was.
I think this is such a wonderful gift to Joseph from the Lord.
He gave Joseph a connection to Jesus that only God could give.  He could have chosen a girl from the line of David.  But he chose Joseph.
I think that is beautiful.  And it’s just like God to tie the pieces of our life together in unexpected ways.  Those ways always bring glory and honor to Him, when we listen and obey.
Joseph listened.
Joseph obeyed.
In the busyness of the next few days, leading up to and in the aftermath of Christmas, might I be a little more like Joseph.
I  pray that your family has a beautiful and very Merry Christmas!
 
Joy to You!

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