Matthew 1:18 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”
Matthew 1:24-25 “Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.”
The doctrine of Jesus’ birth seems quite simple.
God came to Mary and said that she will become pregnant with the seed of God and the egg of woman. That union broke the curse of Adam’s sinful nature that had been passed on for generations. It allowed Jesus Christ to be the sinless One; the pure, perfect Lamb of God.
Many say that Joseph was the father of Jesus when the Bible; the Word of God, is very clear on this matter. Of couse, the debate rages because there are so-called versions of the Bible that state Joseph was indeed the father of Jesus.
When Joseph, Mary and Jesus had gone to Jerusalem about the time when Jesus would make his bar mitzvah (age 13), Jesus separated from them. It is not specifically stated, but it is believed that the Heavenly Father met with Jesus to reveal fully His will for Jesus’ life on earth. We do know that there was a clarity to what it was Jesus was to do for we know:
Luke 2:48-49 “And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
Jesus corrected His mother. She was worried, as any mother would be. Her son was missing from them after they had gone a days journey from the city. Turning around they had days journey back and then searched for Him for three days. Five days total he was gone from her presence. I’m sure there were many a sleepless night spent in prayer.
So, when they came upon Jesus sitting in the temple with the doctors, it must have confused them greatly. His rebuke must have taken them by surprise. “…wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
Mary said: “…behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.” Jesus said MY Father’s business. He was not disobedient. He was not disrespectful. He spoke truth.
In the explanation of this simple truth out of the Word of God, religions have split. Cults have formed. The divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ has been put in a critical light. Yet, the Word of God is clear on this matter.
Joseph remained in Jesus’ life as the father figure, but he was not his real father. I admire Joseph for all that he did. He must have suffered much ridicule when the rest of the community found out that Mary was pregnant before their marriage was ever consumated.
He had to be a man of God. He must have walked with God. He was a man of integrity, honesty and honor. He and Mary did come together and had quite a family.
Matthew 13:55-56 “Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this manall these things?”
Mark 6:3 “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.”
It is after this account in Luke, that we hear no more about Joseph. Where did he go? What did he do? When did he die?
Those questions are left for Heaven to answer for the Word of God is silent. One day, I would love to sit with Joseph and ask him many questions. Much of what I would ask is summed up in this song: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WF1xVMwn7JU).
Just as Mary was a chosen vessel for God to bring forth His Son Jesus, He equally chose a righteous man in Joseph.