This sermon is part 2 in our Advent sermon series, “Journey to Bethlehem.” This week we focus on Joseph’s story in Matthew’s gospel. Joseph is something of an unsung hero in the Christmas story. Unlike Mary, who gets her own song—the Magnificat—recorded in scripture, Joseph doesn’t get a single word of his recorded in scripture!
As quiet and humble as Joseph undoubtedly was, however, we can infer his powerful influence on the life of Jesus himself. Don’t you think God knew what he was doing when he chose Joseph to be the earthly father to the Son of God?
This scripture inspires us fathers, but its challenge is for all of us: Aren’t we surrounded by people who need a Joseph, or a Josephine, in their lives?