Sometimes, it takes a while for something to hit you.
Our Men’s Breakfast group last week had been discussing Joseph’s role in Christ’s birth. There’s not a lot known for sure about Joseph, except that he was given a really hard thing to do in those times – marry a woman who was carrying a baby which was not his own. But BOY does he get the mission laid out for him. The story is in Matthew 1: 18-25:
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[d]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[e] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[f]because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[g] (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
We hear a bit more about Joseph later, in the story when Jesus was young and ‘got lost’, only to be found at the Temple. But really, there’s nothing else mentioned.
We went on to discuss the type of guy Joseph must have been, to give a great father figure to the young Jesus, to teach him his trade, and to go on earning a living for the family all this while.
Things went back and forth a bit, and as always we diverged from the subject at hand. At one point I came back with my standard joke about after Jesus got good at carpentry and went out on his own, that he just HAD to have been tempted periodically by Satan. I mean, imagine Jesus the carpenter, after measuring carefully, suddenly finds the board he just cut is about an inch too short. Wouldn’t Satan be there, saying, “Hey, you’re the king of all creation! You have all mastery over all forces and substances. Why not just make that board a little longer yourself? You can do it with just the wave of your hand.”
But seriously, let’s think about Joseph for a moment again. And Jesus. And a day or so ago, it hit me:
Christ was adopted.
Mind-blowing, eh? Here’s something to add amazement upon amazement:
He adopted us.
Now insert your name in the blank: He adopted ________.