This story is really about Jesus. They all are. Yours. Mine. Joseph’s. Nevertheless, Matthew reveals what a good father Jesus would have growing up.
So here’s Joseph, trying to do the right thing, willing to protect Mary even when he mistakenly thinks she has broken his trust!
Feel it? Joseph’s world is literally caving in around him, but he keeps his head when most would be losing theirs. He doesn’t react out of a sense of wounded manhood or pride and anger.
Matthew says he took time to consider.
In the most embarrassing and hurtful time of his young life, Joseph is still listening for the voice of God. That’s why he is able to hear through the pain and allow God to change his life’s story and play a part in changing ours.
He takes Mary as his wife and names the child Jesus - Savior from sin!
I suppose most of us want to be saved from our sins. At least the penalty of them someday, if not the practice of them today!
This is where we might miss out. We may only see Jesus as a Savior who will be needed in the future. What to do in the meantime? Be a church member in good standing? Keep the fire insurance in force? See you next Sunday Jesus!
And yet…what about that thing the Teacher said about being with us always.
Does it really make sense that Jesus would give His life to save us from the future penalty of sin without saving us by His presence from the practice of sin? Not sinless but sinning less.
For many years I lived in faith that heaven would be my future home. Only recently I realized that though I was saved by the grace of Jesus, I hadn’t made much progress in becoming very much like Him.
Together with others, I learned our destiny is not only to be saved in heaven someday but to become more like Jesus now.
(Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18; I John 3:2)
Like the first disciples, we enter the University of Jesus. We become serious daily students of the Teacher. We don’t do this to secure our place in heaven. Only the blood of Jesus can do that. It’s about becoming who God predestined us to be.
We begin to practice the presence of the Teacher and seek His counsel. We cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He produces His fruit in our hearts, love, joy peace…
As students, we find Jesus to be an every day Savior. A living ever-present Teacher who is saving us from the persons we would become without Him!
In what ways are you moving beyond nominal church membership to a daily relationship with the Teacher?