Matt. 1:25: "And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son; and he called His name JESUS."
Everyone has their favorite Christmas story character. This Fall, I purchased a flat full of old nativity characters and animals. There were several camels, donkeys, sheep, various angels, shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus. While looking for something else this week, I found the nativity box again, and examined them more closely. They are all from the 1940's and are priced 10 cents each. This year, I really began to focus on Joseph, the husband of Mary, and earthly father of Jesus. What a man! He so selflessly stepped in to be protector and earthly father to Jesus. After the angelic appearance in his dream, he becomes "guilty" in the eyes of everyone, when Mary is with child before their wedding. He was willing to take on this guilt, when he was innocent. To the townsfolk, he was just a man who couldn't wait until after his wedding. He takes Mary with him to Bethlehem, knowing full well the possibility she would give birth on the trip. He later takes Mary and Jesus on the long trek to Egypt. He is an unsung hero of Christmas. Rm