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What would Joseph say? (part 2)


This week I’ve been posting reflections from Joseph’s unique perspective on the nativity. Joseph is a silent character in the Bible, having no quotations attributed to him. If he were to have spoken regarding his experiences, what would he say? Here’s the next excerpt from the text, “But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins'” (Matthew 1:20-21, HCSB).

Every winning team has important players that live in relative anonymity. Last season the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl. Can you name the quarterback? Can you name the starting offensive right guard? We just witnessed the St. Louis Cardinals come from nowhere to win the World Series. Can you name the All-Star first baseman? Can you name their middle relief pitcher? We begin to mature in our faith when we realize that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. We are participants in the broader work of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is not about you or me or even us. It’s about Jesus. If Joseph clarifies our understanding on any given point, he helps us to see that in God’s Kingdom we are part of something bigger than ourselves!

Categories : Advent, Christmas

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