Reflections Today; Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus

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Reflections Today; Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus


Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24 [or Lk 2:41-51]

JACOB was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins."

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.

The WORD Today

In the New Testament, the only other person besides Jesus to whom this title is given is Joseph (v 20). The background of the annunciation to Joseph is the ancient prophecy of Nathan about God raising an heir to David whose throne will be without end (2 Sm 7:11-17). …

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