This Sunday is Father’s Day around America and at the Bristol Church as we celebrate fathers.
Our lesson will focus on a man, a father, who has no recorded words in the Bible to his credit. I am talking about Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. Little is known about Joseph. His family ancestry is found in Matthew 1, but did he have brothers and sisters? Where was he born? How did he learn the trade of a carpenter? How did he meet and fall in love with Mary?
We do know that Joseph is from the ancestry of David. He may have been a very quiet man. Maybe even an introvert. Being a carpenter, he may well have been a melancholy - a meticulous person. I would rather have a melancholy build me a table and chair set than a choleric, sanguine or phlegmatic. Don’t you agree?
He was probably willing to endure hardship for his family that had grown to perhaps seven children - six who were biologically his. Without a doubt he had the hardest parenting job ever since he was responsible for rearing God's Son. Fathers, how would you like that responsibility?
I can almost hear Joseph cry out to the Lord, "I can't do this. Pick someone else to be His father." Then God says to him, "Just trust Me." And he does. Joseph is simply known as "a righteous man" (Matthew 1:18). What better quality could anyone ask for in a father than for him to be righteous?
When the Christmas Pageant is played out, you have probably noticed that Joseph never has the starring role, but the role he does have is so important - He is watching over Mary and Baby Jesus. What better role could there be? The saying is, "The best thing a father can do for his children is love their mother" and that is what Joseph does best.
Our final lesson in this current series, “Making a House a Home,” continues with this study of Joseph this Sunday. It is fair to say that even though there are no recorded words in the Bible from his lips that his life shouts volumns.
I hope you will join me and others as we gather to worship this Sunday and honor fathers as we look at Joseph. I look forward to seeing you.
You are very much loved and appreciated!