19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.” 21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.
Here we follow more of God’s perfect, unfolding plan. Joseph immediately obeys God’s will, but his humanity is still on display when he is afraid of returning to the land of Israel. Instead, Joseph settles in Nazareth with Jesus and Mary. Joseph accepts and carries so much of the duty and responsibility that God has laid on to him. I come to challenge myself too, to be responsive and obedient to God. Fortunately, I don’t have to raise the Son of Man!
Culturally, Joseph is Jesus’ father after all. God has chosen him to protect and care for Jesus in his childhood years. Joseph presents a great example for fathers: a Godly man who faithfully cares for his family. Through this passage, we can rest in the peace that God is always in control.
Lord, thank you that all things are in your control. We thank you that your grace and love are always at work. Help us to trust in You, and to not lean on our own understandings. We give thanks and praise for the Christmas season, and that You have paid the price through Your vicarious and atoning death. In your precious name, Jesus.
Written by Sven Bessesen