Posted by: SandreS | December 25, 2015

Son of an Average Joseph

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Is not this the carpenter’s son? (Matthew 13:55).

The Lord Jesus Christ was the Son of God; but the one who had the distinguished role of being His earthly “father” was Joseph. A simple man, and from all earthly perception, he was what we might call an average “Joseph” – or an average “Joe.” He was a lowly carpenter; making our Lord the son of an average Joe.

This was not an accident, for it is indeed our Father’s method. The Father does not plan and build spiritual life upon social prestige, honor, respect and position. He has made clear the divine method:

For you see your calling, brothers, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called (I Corinthians 1:26).

Paul goes on to explain:

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yes, and things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are: that no flesh should glory in His presence (I Corinthians 1:27-29).

Our Lord Jesus Christ was seen as the “son” of Joseph, the carpenter – the son of the average Joe; but His life was the manifestation of His Heavenly Father! So it can be with us: though we were born a mere human, and may have a lowly lot in life, inside of us dwells the very life of the Father!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

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