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18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place.
When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she
became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband was a
righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off
their engagement quietly. 20 As he was thinking about this, an angel
from the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, don’t
be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because the child she carries was
conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and
you will call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their
sins.” 22 Now all of this took place so that what the Lord had spoken
through the prophet would be fulfilled:
23 Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth
to a son,
And they will call
(Emmanuel means “God with us.”)
24 When Joseph woke up, he did just as an angel from
God commanded and took Mary as his wife.
To find good husbands these days it is rare. There are those who love their wives and kids
and are very active in their lives. Then
there are those who see their job as the sole income earner and concentrate
only on that. There are those husbands
who abuse their wife and children and those who run off and have nothing to do
with them. Husbands run the gambit and
we can find all kinds in the bible and in our pews.
We don’t know much about much about Mary’s fiancé. We know his name is Joseph and that he was a
carpenter. We know he respected and
cared for Mary because he was willing “to call off the engagement quietly.” That says a lot about his character and his compassion
for this young women who was pregnant with God’s son.
Although we don’t know much about Joseph we can still glean
some things from how he lived his life in the pieces of information we do
have. We can see that although it was probably
socially damning to him, he followed God’s will and kept Mary as his
bride-to-be. He took care of his
step-son Jesus and passed down his craft to him. We can see that he was a loving man of God
and who sought first to do what God asks of him in his life. That is something all men, husbands, fathers,
step-fathers can strive for in our own lives.