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Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

Daily Scripture and Reflections

  • Jesus: The Son of Joseph
    Philip found Nathanael and said to him,
    "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law,
    and also the prophets wrote—
    Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."
    John 1:45
    Jesus is called the Son of Joseph because Joseph was His earthly stepfather and legal guardian. Therefore we are technically right calling Jesus the Son of Joseph. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary when Joseph was engaged to her. Joseph could have legally annulled the engagement, but when an angel explained the supernatural birth, he married Mary (Matthew 1:18-25). Joseph endured the embarrassing rumors that Jesus had been conceived out of wedlock (John 8:41). As an earthly father, Joseph protected Jesus, provided for Him, taught Him the trade of carpentry and guided His youth into manhood.
    Jesus, You are the Son of Joseph. You are the Son of God. I will follow You and worship You.
    Philip told his friend that Jesus was the Son of Joseph (John 1:45). Are you willing to tell others who He is? Because Philip was a faithful witness, his friend Nathaniel became one of the 12 disciples. When Nathaniel had questions about Jesus, Philip simply said, “Come and see” (John 1:46). Tell your friends about Jesus. When they have questions, tell them to look at Jesus and He will answer their questions. When your friends see who Jesus is, they will follow Him as you do.
    Jesus, I know You are human, born of a virgin, the Son of Joseph. But I also know You are the eternal Son of God. I will learn from You and tell my friends what I’ve learned. I will worship You and be transformed by Your presence. Amen.
    Go Deeper: John 1:43-51
    Tell others who Jesus really is.