Lk.2:4-7 – Now Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was betrothed to him, and was pregnant. While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
I wonder what it was like for Joseph when he first saw the face of Jesus. He had taken on this unusual mantle, he was a father yet he wasn’t the father. He had taken the responsibility to protect this child, or was the child protecting him? Herod starting killing the babies born around the time of Christ’s birth so Joseph took his family off to Egypt, after all he had to protect Jesus. Really? It’s obvious that the Lord, even though He was an infant was actually doing the protecting. After all, where were the angels and the dreams and visions coming from? Then there was the provision, don’t fathers have to provide for their children? I wonder who was doing the providing for this family? Did you ever wonder what the gift of gold was for? Here again I think the Lord was doing all of the providing for Joseph. As Jesus got older Joseph would have to take his son to the temple to worship, everyone knows it is the father’s responsibility to teach his son about the things of God. But how can you teach the One who is the fulfillment of the law and is actually God’s promised lamb? Even the teachers of the law were amazed that a boy of twelve would actually teach them. Now surely Joseph could teach his son his trade, he would show Him how to craft fine furniture from blocks of wood. Suddenly it dawned on Joseph, how can I teach the one who formed the mountains with His word and scooped out the oceans with His hands? Wasn’t He the One Who had formed Joseph in his mother’s womb and called him for such a time as this? Joseph fulfilled his role as a father but at the end of the day everything Joseph had, had been given to him by his Son. Maybe this Christmas we will begin to get it, even though He became one of us He still has the whole world in His hand.