Joseph…Dad to Jesus

Posted: 2011 12 21 by Paul S in Biblical manhood, Challenge, Fatherhood, Hardcore Christian Men, manhood, masculine, masculinity, Relationship

Joseph. We all know that he married Mary despite the fact that she was pregnant. How much more do we know?

Joseph was a descendant of David – Matthew 1:2-16, Luke 2:4

Joseph was a righteous man – Matthew 1:19

Joseph was visited by angels – Matthew 1:20-23

Joseph took Mary to Bethlehem – Luke 2:5

Joseph followed Jewish tradition and law – Luke 2:22-24, Luke 2:39-41

Joseph took Jesus and Mary to Egypt for safety – Matthew 2:13-14

Joseph returned to Israel with Jesus and Mary, settling them in Nazareth – Matthew 2:19-23

Joseph was a carpenter – Matthew 13:55


After Jesus was found, by Joseph and Mary, in the temple, at 12 years old, we don’t find another mention of Joseph in scripture. Because of this, we know that Joseph most likely died between the time Jesus was 12 and 30. What influence did Joseph have on Jesus’ life up until his death? I would like to challenge you to think about the influence your father has had on your life. Joseph may not have been Jesus’ biological father, but he acted as Jesus’ father while on Earth. What did this mean? Well, I would hazard a guess that Joseph taught Jesus scripture, sharing his beliefs with him. I would also guess that he taught Jesus his trade, carpentry. In doing so, Joseph ensured that Jesus could provide for himself and his family. Joseph also led the family, spiritual and physically. Joseph provided for the family. Joseph protected the family.

What can we learn from Joseph, Jesus’ stepdad? Every person has a father, but not every person has a dad. By “a dad” I mean someone who devotes time, love, and effort to the raising of his children. We have an ever increasing number of children who don’t have dads in thier lives. Think about the statistics you have heard about single moms. Mary could have been one of these (Matthew 1:19), but Joseph’s faith and obedience changed that. I know some of you are probably single fathers, I challenge you to be dads. Take an active part in your child’s life. For those of you who are married with kids, be a dad to those kids. If you are working 80 hrs a week, cut back and spend some time with the family. If you are not a father, stand up and be a father figure for some of those kids who don’t have a dad. Here are a few ways to do that:

  1. Be a scout leader, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Campfire. They all need dedicated leaders.
  2. Big Brothers Big Sisters
  3. Church Youth Groups

There are many more ways to be active in the lives our our children, just step up and get involved. Remember Joseph didn’t have to be a stepdad, but he was a great one.


Until the Whole World Knows,


  1. Just Kevin says:

    Reminds me of a country song by Brad Paisley, ” He Didn’t Have To Be” KListen to it if you get the chance if you never have.

    • Paul S says:

      I actually had that song pop into my head while I wrote and studied for this. Joseph was an amazing dad…can we be half of what he was?

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