Seasonal

Joseph

 

For many of us, this time of year our thoughts are drawn toward the most special event that has ever occurred in the history of our world. 

  • The scene…Bethlehem, the event…the birth of our Savior.
  • The One who was born in a humble stable and was the long anticipated Emmanuel.
  • What a name for those back then, and for each one of us today “GOD WITH US”

Songs, programs, plays, family celebrations have long focused on the familiar participants who appeared on the scene of this beloved, much repeated story.

  • We hear so frequently about His mother Mary.
  • The angles who announced the Baby’s birth.
  • The shepherds who hurriedly went to see the newborn Child.
  • And, later the Wise Men who came to honor this God/Man with precious gifts.

History and people honor the Mother of this Christ Child.

  • They speak of her youth, her purity, her dedication to God.
  • But, what of Joseph of Nazareth?
  • We must remember, he was chosen also for God’s purpose.
  • What kind of man was he?
  • What did he think?
  • More importantly: what did he feel, how strong was his faith, his trust?

I’ve often wonder about him as he watched these momentous events take place in and around his life.

  • I believe he would be a man of great faith with a kind heart.
  • A man full of love and tenderness.
  • He would be courageous, dedicated and protective of those he loved.
  • He wasn’t self absorbed or full of pride.
  • He would be a man of principle, but also a man of strength and action.
  • He would be a man who accepted things he didn’t understand.
  • He was a man of integrity.
  • All of these things and many others describe Joseph.

Jesus came into this world pure and sinless.

  • He lived a sinless life and went to the cross for you and me.
  • According to Scripture Joseph was never mentioned after Jesus reached the age of twelve.
  • It is thought that Joseph died long before Christ began His earthly ministry.

Our Savior was pure in every way.

  • I believe His adopted father Joseph lived a life before Him that was full of character.
  • He demonstrated the best of humanity.
  • Joseph taught Him the value of hard work with the scared hands of a carpenter.
  • But, also showed Him by example the value of a tender heart.
  • Joseph was both a teacher for, and a student of this baby, child, young man; that through a miracle of God entered his life.

Many times on this road of life as Joseph was; we are called upon through faith to accept situations we do not understand.

  • To go forward and be the best we can be.
  • Sometimes in the face of mockery and the rejection of others.
  • You and I have a responsibility to listen, accept, to focus ahead and teach others as Joseph did.
  • An angel from heaven does not come to comfort or lead us.
  • Today, we have the Word of God in our hands to accompany us through whatever path we are destined to follow.

From the beginning of time, God had a perfect plan which was fulfilled in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. 

  • The Babe in the manager that we and others celebrate this season; was brought into this world in a cattle barn by the worn, rough hands of Joseph.
  • Thirty-three years later this baby who grew to be a man, who fulfilled all Scripture; was taken off the cross after His death by the hands of another Joseph.

 

“I believe the Glory of Heaven is lying in my hands tonight” **

**  Joseph’s Lullaby from the Album The Christmas Sessions

      recorded by Mercy Me

 

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Poems/Songs, Seasonal

A Soldier’s King**

  

December 13, 2014

 

This is a very special Christmas Song. The only artist I’ve heard sing this is Kenny Rogers. At various times, I have used these words as a recitation in Christmas Programs. The words of this song flow together and paint a lovely picture. ENJOY !!

 

No one seem to notice

The man beside the road

He was just a ragged soldier

Our there in the cold

But he seemed to have a purpose

Only known to him

As he walked along the streets that night

Through the town of Bethlehem

In his head he held the memory

Of all the wars he’d known

In his hand he clutched a medal

For the bravery he’s shown

And the weight of every battle

He carried in his heart

But his eyes were clear and searching

For a manger in the dark

Some are born to greatness

Some are born to fall

Some are bound to be forgotten

Like they never lived at all

But we’re all born to know Him

And stand before His light

Like the soldier who found

his King tonight

 He had marched for politicians

Served under their command

And he fought for all their causes

That he did not understand

But there was something

deep inside him now

That led him on his way

With a single star to guide him

To where the Baby lay

He stood before the Son of God

Come to pay our debt

Who smiled up at the soldier

That the world would soon forget

So he held out his medal

And said, “This is for You I bring”

To the newborn Baby King

Some are born to greatness

Some are born to fall

Some are bound to be forgotten

Like they never lived at all

But we’re all born to know Him

And stand before His light

Like the soldier who found

his King tonight

 

**Composed by: Kenny Horton & John Jarvis

Copyright 1996: Prinetta Music Publishing

Performed by: Kenny Rogers on his album The Gift

 

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness

rather than in its value.

(Charles Dudley Warner)

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