1:18-26, 2:13-15, 19-23, Luke2:41-52
pushing back the busy secular season. Christmas really is about the incarnation.
Christ came because we messed up. Christmas honors the last
sacrifice when Joy, Peace, and Justice came. So in this Advent
message let's look at the man Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Halo Saint, Joseph
is what we would label as the strong silent type. No words of
his are recorded, just actions.
invites Joseph to take action when instructed to take Mary as his
wife. He had no earthly defense for his action. This
stigma followed them. Read John
obeyed the orders in the dream immediately.
Mary and Joseph were told that the baby was to be named Jesus.
No argument on that one.
angel appeared to Joseph in a dream to leave for Egypt he did so
immediately; he got up in the middle of the night and left.
Immediate obedience. The trip to Egypt was an example of
probably wasn't a lot usual about Jesus' childhood. Even when he
stayed back in the temple, when his mother found him "Mary goes
all Jewish mother on Him.
being obedient to God we must be willing to give up our plans.