Joseph was betrothed to, or pledged to marry, Mary. As we know, Mary was visited by an angel and told she would be the mother of the Messiah. But Joseph wasn’t told until later. He found out that Mary was expecting a baby, and since he knew it was not his child he was going to quietly end the betrothal. Joseph had the right to publicly disgrace Mary but the Bible tells us that he was just or godly so he was going to be kind about it. But before he could act on this plan he had an angel appear to him in a dream and tell him that the baby was the Messiah and that he should go ahead with the betrothal and help raise the Messiah.
Can you imagine how Joseph felt after that dream? I would think he had a jumble of emotions. First, guilt that he hadn’t trusted Mary. Second, excitement that he was going to get married. Third a little bit of fear of the responsibility of raising the Messiah. But most of all I bet he felt excitement that the Messiah was finally coming and awe that he had been chosen to be Jesus’ earthly father.
We often talk about how special Mary must have been, but we forget what a godly man Joseph must have been as well. In Jewish society the father did most of the religious instruction, especially for the boys. This special man was the one God chose to be the example Christ saw of godly manhood. What an awesome task and amazing honor. Joseph, like Mary, must have been a very special person with a heart after godly things. We can look to his example of kindness and righteousness and strive to be ready for the purpose God has in our lives. Joseph was ready, are you?
(You will need a map)
Show your child that a map helps us find our way from one place to another. There are short routes and long routes. There are correct turns and wrong turns. Remind your child that God has a plan and purpose for their life and they need to follow God’s word and stay away from bad choices so they can achieve God’s purpose just like Joseph did!