Matthew 1:18-25 (NLT):

18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.

20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:

23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
    She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,
    which means ‘God is with us.’”

24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

Joseph’s story is only recorded in the gospel of Matthew. Joseph was a simple carpenter, but it’s no accident he was one chosen to be Mary’s husband and the one to raise Jesus. Joseph was a righteous man. He was also a man of great compassion and self control. He raised Jesus well. Jesus used the motif of a carpenter often in the gospels. Paul follows suit in his letters to the Corinthians. Jesus’ words that most often remind me of his upbringing are in John 14, when he states:

John 14:1-3 (ESV):

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

Now, I’m not sure that Jesus was actually up in heaven building a mansion with his hands! But I think it’s interesting that He used an illustration from his life and training which He obtained from his earthly father Joseph. What powerful words from Jesus of the promise of eternity with Him. Could it be that Joseph’s life was Jesus’ inspiration for the illustration?

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