This week we continue with our look at Advent-related passages. In the
understandable attention given to Mary, Joseph's role is sometimes overlooked
-- but his compassion, courage, faith and obedience were instrumental to
the Christmas story.
Mat 1:16 (NKJV) And Jacob begot Joseph the husband
of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
Mat 1:18-21 (NKJV) Now the birth of Jesus Christ
was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they
came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her
husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example,
was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things,
behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph,
son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which
is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son,
and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their
Mat 1:24 (NKJV) Then Joseph, being aroused from
sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife,
and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he
called His name JESUS.
Luke 2:33 (NKJV) And Joseph and His mother marveled
at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said
to Mary His mother, Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising
of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against.
Mat 2:13-15 (NKJV) Now when they had departed, behold,
an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Arise, take
the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring
you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him. When he arose,
he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, And
was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was
spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, "Out of Egypt I called My