[Joseph: The Simple & The Supernatural]    12.01.2019
Traditional Christmas | Timeless Meaning       Pastor Tracy Cook

TEXT Matthew 1.18-25 ESV 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

  • JOSEPH’S DILEMMA: HIS FIANCE WAS PREGNANT & NOT BY HIM.

1 Corinthians 13.4-7 ESV Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is nor arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes al things, endures all things.

  • JOSEPH’S DREAM: AN ANGEL MADE AN ANNOUNCEMENT.

He had 2 more dreams: Matthew 2.13 and 2.19-20

  • JOSEPH’S DECISION: HE RESPECTED MARY & BELIEVED THE LORD.

Joseph took on the role and responsibility of an earthly father:

    • Brought Jesus to the temple on the 8th day, Luke 2.21
    • To make sacrifice, Luke 2.22-24
    • He returned to Nazareth (after time in Egypt), Luke 2.39
    • He celebrated Passover each year, Luke 2.41

Luke 3.23 ESV Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph…