December 5, 2012
It's the Second Sunday in Advent this week. Advent is a time of waiting that takes place for the four weeks leading up to Christmas. It is a time of anticipation and reflection before we celebrate the arrival of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God With Us. This week we're going to look at those names of the Savior, but we're also going to look at the man who named Him.
We know so little about Joseph. He is only mentioned in the birth and childhood stories of Jesus. He was named after an ancient patriarch who used his success in Egypt to save his family and a future nation. Joseph was a carpenter who lived in the town of Nazareth. His ancestors were from Bethlehem, so when a Roman ruler, Caesar Augustus, wanted a census, Joseph had to go back to Bethlehem, even though his wife was well along in her pregnancy.
The most important thing we know about Joseph is that when the time called, he displayed great faith and grace. But it wasn't just that he trusted Mary; he trusted God. That God could; that God might; that God would. It's a great story with some great lessons for us ... come Sunday to hear more. See you then, Dr. Dave