What Role Did Joseph Play in the Earthly Life of Jesus?

When discussing the life of Jesus, one person who often gets overlooked is Joseph. However, Joseph played a crucial role in the earthly life of Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at his significance.

Joseph’s Background

Joseph was a carpenter from Nazareth and was engaged to Mary when she became pregnant with Jesus. Initially, Joseph wanted to quietly end their engagement because he knew that the baby wasn’t his. However, an angel came to him in a dream and told him that the child was conceived by the Holy Spirit and that he should marry Mary and raise the child as his own.

Fun Fact: The Bible doesn’t record any of Joseph’s words!

Joseph’s Role as Protector

After Jesus was born, King Herod ordered for all male infants in Bethlehem to be killed. An angel appeared to Joseph again in a dream and warned him about this danger. In response, Joseph quickly took Mary and Jesus to Egypt until it was safe to return.

Throughout Jesus’ childhood, it was Joseph who provided for his family through his work as a carpenter. He also taught Jesus the trade, which would have been an important skill for him later in life.

Joseph’s Influence on Jesus’ Ministry

While there isn’t much information about Joseph’s role during Jesus’ adult ministry years, we can infer that he had an impact on him based on how frequently Jesus referred to God as “Father”. In Jewish culture at the time, fathers were responsible for teaching their sons about God and leading them in worship. It’s likely that Joseph had a strong influence on shaping Jesus’ understanding of who God is.

Conclusion:

While we don’t know much about Joseph’s life outside of his involvement with Mary and Jesus, it’s clear that he played an important role in protecting and providing for them. He also had a lasting impact on Jesus’ spiritual formation. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, let’s not forget the contribution that Joseph made to his life here on earth.

  • Joseph was a carpenter from Nazareth
  • Initially wanted to quietly end his engagement with Mary
  • An angel came to him in a dream and told him that the baby was conceived by the Holy Spirit and that he should marry Mary and raise the child as his own
  • After Jesus was born, King Herod ordered for all male infants in Bethlehem to be killed. Joseph quickly took Mary and Jesus to Egypt until it was safe to return
  • Joseph provided for his family through his work as a carpenter and taught Jesus the trade
  • Joseph likely had an impact on shaping Jesus’ understanding of who God is