Joseph Serves as JESUS’ Father
Joseph was a hardworking man who loved God and obeyed God’s laws. He lived in a town called Nazareth and was a carpenter; his job was to use tools like saws and hammers and nails to build things from wood.
Joseph was engaged to Mary, but before they got married, Joseph found out that Mary was having a baby. How could that be? They weren’t married yet! He thought that maybe he shouldn’t get married to her anymore.
But then the angel Gabriel came to Joseph in a dream. He said, “Joseph, don’t be afraid to make Mary your wife! The baby inside her is from God! Mary will give birth to God’s Son, and you will name him Jesus because he will save people from their sins.”
When Joseph woke up from the dream, he did what Gabriel told him. He made Mary his wife. And when he and Mary needed to travel to Bethlehem, Joseph made sure that Mary was comfortable on the trip. When they got to Bethlehem and all the rooms were full, he found a place for them to stay in a stable. That night, when the time came for Jesus to be born, Joseph took care of Mary and helped her.
Later, when the little family was in danger, an angel again came to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt for a while. So Joseph woke up Mary and Jesus, and they left for Egypt in the middle of the night! After a little while, Joseph brought Mary and Jesus back from Egypt, and they lived in Nazareth.
As Jesus grew up, Joseph taught him how to be a carpenter, and he took him to Jerusalem for the Passover when he was 12 years old. We don’t know much more about Joseph, but we know that he loved God, and he loved and cared for Mary and Jesus. He was a wonderful earthly father for Jesus!
What did Joseph do for Jesus?
Joseph was a good earthly father for Jesus, protecting him, teaching him, and loving him.
As I hang the SAW AND HAMMER on the JESSE TREE, Here is an Advent reminder for me:
Joseph was Jesus’ earthly father.
God used Joseph to take good care of Jesus.
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