Wednesday 9th December 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- Matthew 1:18-25
Topic:- Who Was Joseph The Foster-Father Of Jesus
Text:- Mathew 1:19
Joseph Was A Good Father To Jesus But What Happened To Him And Why Did He Go Missing In The Bible.
Joseph was a good father to Jesus, he protected Him, he was there for Him as a father should.
However, right around the time when the story of Jesus began to become very interesting, the character of Joseph simply vanished from the Bible without a trace and the funny thing is, his name was never spoken of again.
The question this article wants to answer is simple, what happened to Joseph along the life of Jesus?
Why did he simply vanish from the pages of the Bible right after Jesus’ childhood.
Considering that the Bible never mentioned him again, are we to assume that he died before Christ could begin His journey into ministry?
Who was Joseph?
The character of Joseph came into the picture right in the beginning of the new testament, he was the young righteous man the Bible Describes To have been the husband to the chosen woman, Mary.
Currently venerated as a Saint most Christian sect, Saint Joseph is the corporeal father of Jesus Christ.
Both Joseph and Mary have their lineage from the famous biblical King David. According to the details given about his life, Joseph was born in in Circa.
The mentions of Joseph in the Bible are actually really underwhelming, with every information we know about him coming from the Bible and just the Bible.
There is very little that we know about the Forster father of Christ. Paul in all his writings never made mention of Joseph nor did mark.
The character of Joseph appeared in the book of Matthew and that of Luke.
The only other source of information about the life of Joseph can be found in some apocryphal writings such as the second century protoevengelium of James and the fourth-century History of Joseph the Carpenter.
However, the history in these books are actually not what you would call acceptable as some of them present him to be a widower with children when he met Mary and claiming that he lived to the age of 111.
As you can imagine, these claims are unacceptable in the Church today nor do I endorse it.
Now to the question of What actually happened to Joseph.
The bible didn’t really give much details about the life of Joseph as you must have noticed and among the information it didn’t pass across to us is the circumstances surrounding the death of Joseph.
I mean, one minute you are reading the story of Jesus and suddenly, you just notice that His foster father simply disappeared from the scene.
Though many believe Joseph must have died before Jesus even began his ministry and apparently, John implied that he was dead before the Crucifixion in John 19:26-27.
Though there is also a theory that Joseph could have died during the silent years of Jesus.
We know that he was responsible for training Jesus in his trade as a carpenter and we know that both Joseph and Mary had other children after Jesus.
This must mean that he was alive after the events in the temple.
Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, don’t let my name be erased from the face of earth but let me have a good legacy left behind, in the name of Jesus Christ.